Saharanpur: Uttar Pradesh police had arrested the main accused of Saharanpur riots. Former councillor of Congress Moharram Ali alias Pappu is the person who had instigated the clashesz in Saharanpur which left three people killed and dozens injured. He had been arrested along with six of his accomplices.
Police said that Pappu had demanded Rs. 25 lakh from Gurudwara Committee to not generate riots on the sake of disputed land. Gurudwara Committee had paid Rs. 10 lakh to him but he had taken the step because he was not sure about the remaining 15 lakh.
He went to mosque and spread rumour that Sikh community is going to destroy the Qutubsher mosque to collect crowd and generate riots.
Former Congress councillor Moharram Ali allegedly incited a mob to pelt stones and fire at the Sikhs and had opened fire at Sahastra Pal, a constable who is battling for his life in a city hospital.
Danish, Mohd Irshad, Mohd Abid, Mohd Shahid and Haji Mohammed Irfan have also been arrested for inciting and abetting violence. Violent clashes had erupted between the Sikha and Muslims in Saharanpur last week.
Police said the main accused was behind the gherao at the Qutubsher police station when the two sides were talking out the matter related to a land dispute, in the presence of senior police officials.
The mob gathered outside the police station had gone on a rampage, firing at people, burning shops and vehicles and pelting stones.
An official said that Moharram Ali alias Pappu has confessed to inciting the mob.
An official said, “We have identified the culprits behind the mindless violence through CCTV camera footage and soon they will be brought to justice.” An official said that Gangster Act and the National Security Act (NSA) would be slapped on the people behind the violence.
Inspector General Amrendra Senger said that these places include Janakpuri, Sadar bazaar, Kotwali Nagar and Qutub Sher.