Kanpur Violence: Officials destroy the property of a close aide of the main accused

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At least 24 people arrested and 800 people booked in connection with Kanpur violence

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  • The building was with Mohammad Ishtiaq, a close relative of main accused Zafar Hashmi.
  • The accused is believed to have ‘invested’ in the property
  • The building was in Swaroopnagar locality of Kanpur.

A week after chaotic protests followed by stone-pelting in the city, the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) on Saturday demolished a high-rise building owned by a close associate of the prime accused in the incident, police said here.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Anand Prakash Tiwari said that the KDA has demolished a newly constructed building owned by Mohammad Ishtiaq, who is said to be a close relative of the main accused Zafar Hayat Hashmi. The building was in Swaroopnagar area of ​​Kanpur.

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”.

A local court had on Friday granted 72-hour police remand of Hashmi along with Javed Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Rahil and Sufiyan. “The accused were taken into police custody after the court’s order on Saturday morning and they will remain in custody till Tuesday morning,” Tiwari said.

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 led to 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.

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