kanpur violence newsNizam Qureshi, former city secretary of the Samajwadi Party (SP), has been arrested in connection with the violence in Kanpur on June 3, informed Kanpur Police.
Qureshi has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the initial planning of the Kanpur clashes.
Earlier today, a week after a chaotic protest engulfed the city by stone-pelting, the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) demolished a multi-storey building owned by a close associate of the prime accused in the incident, police said.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Anand Prakash Tiwari said that the KDA has demolished a four-storey residential building owned by Mohammad Ishtiaq, who is said to be a close aide of main accused Zafar Hayat Hashmi.
Tiwari said, “there are reasons to believe that the investment has been made by the main accused of the violence,” and claimed that the demolition was carried out in accordance with “norms and regulations”.
Police said the building was located in Swaroopnagar area of Kanpur and was built around three years ago.
He said that amidst heavy police force, the authorities demolished the ground floor and part of the first floor of the building. He said the building was lying vacant at the time of demolition.
Violence erupted in Kanpur on June 3 when some people were demanding strict action against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
Sharma’s remarks angered several Arab countries and sparked protests in parts of North India and West Bengal.
At least 40 people, including some police personnel, were injured in the incident. The rioters hurled petrol bombs and damaged public properties, including shops and vehicles.
,With inputs from PTI,