Prime accused, 6 others arrested for Saharanpur violence
Saharanpur: The man accused of instigating clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested, with six of his accomplices, police said on Thursday. The clashes left three people dead and dozens injured and forced a curfew over the city during the time of Eid al-Fitr.
Moharram Ali allegedly incited a mob to pelt stones and open fire at the Sikhs. He fired on Sahastra Pal, a constable who remains in critical condition at a city hospital.
Danish, Mohd Irshad, Mohd Abid, Mohd Shahid and Haji Mohammed Irfan have also been arrested for inciting and abetting violence.
Police said the main accused was behind the ‘gherao’ at the Qutubsher Police Station, when the two sides were negotiating a land dispute in the presence of senior police officials. The mob gathered outside the police station and went on a rampage, firing at people, burning shops and vehicles and pelting stones. Moharram Ali (alias Pappu) has confessed to inciting the mob, an official told IANS.
Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey confirmed the arrest and said raids were being conducted at various places to arrest others guilty of inciting the clashes. "We have identified the culprits behind the mindless violence through CCTV camera footage and soon they will be brought to justice," the official told IANS.
The Gangster Act and the National Security Act (NSA) will be slapped on the people behind the violence, a district official said.
Meanwhile, the curfew continues to be in place but has been relaxed in select areas for five hours. These places include Janakpuri, Sadar bazaar, Kotwali Nagar and Qutub Sher, Inspector General Amrendra Senger said.
A dispute over a piece of land followed by a court order triggered the violent clashes. Para-military forces were called in to bring back peace and contain violence.