Kanpur violence mastermind Hayat Zafar Hashmi was getting foreign funds, sources told India TV. Police said an investigation was launched into the possibility of foreign funding to Hayat after it was found that he had received money in one of his four bank accounts in 2019.
Details of one of his accounts in a private bank in Babupurwa area of Kanpur showed that a transaction of Rs 3.54 crore was done in his account on July 30, 2019.
Similarly, in September 2021 also Rs 98 lakh was withdrawn from the same account. At present, Rs 1.27 crore is left in this account. Its information has been given to the Income Tax Department and the matter is also going on under the supervision of ED.
An SIT official said, “First we are investigating the sources of money and then for what purpose it is being used. Later we will find out whether the transaction was legal.
Hashmi is the head of Maulana Mohammad Ali (MMA) Jauhar Fans Association which is a local social group. Hashmi was arrested along with three others from Hazratganj area of Lucknow for their role in the May 3 violence in Kanpur.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the police to probe whether minors were also used as shields in the clashes and initiate action against those responsible. On behalf of the commission, a letter has been sent to the State Police Headquarters and the Commissioner of Police, Kanpur, directing to take action against such people under the Child Protection Act.
On Tuesday, a teenager surrendered at the Colonelganj police station after posters that went viral on Monday surfaced by the police. When the family members of the minor boy saw his picture on the poster, they took him to the Colonelganj police station.
The commission has requested that the matter be investigated by registering a case under section of the Juvenile Justice Act and IPC. The commission has also requested to produce the juvenile who surrendered in Colonelganj before the Child Welfare Committee.
Violence erupted in Kanpur’s Beaconganj and surrounding areas on June 3, when some people tried to stage a protest and asked locals to close their business establishments over alleged religiously derogatory remarks made by BJP leader Nupur Sharma. . At least a dozen people were injured in stone-pelting and 57 arrests have been made.