A local court has issued orders to attach the property of the head Imam of Jama Masjid of Bijnor district, Maulana Anwarul Haq, who is wanted in a rape case registered against him at the Mahila police station on August 25.
Police have also obtained non-bailable warrants against the 40-year-old cleric in two other cases registered against him at the City Kotwali police station on August 26.
Haq is on the run after he was caught raping a 30-year-old woman on the pretext of “rescuing her from evil spirits” on August 19. The woman’s husband and neighbours had caught him in the act, and had also clicked photographs and made a video clip.
SHO of Mahila police station, Manju Singh, who is also the investigating officer (IO) in the rape case, said they obtained attachment of property order from a Bijnor court against Haq and his associate Khurram, who was present with him at the woman’s house on August 19. She added they would soon start the process of attaching their properties.
Haq and Khurram both belong to Kishanpur Awala village in Nagina police station area of the district.
Singh said, as per the complaint filed by the victim’s husband, he had approached Haq to cure his wife, who had been ill for over a month. Haq reportedly told him that his wife was under the influence of evil spirits, and some rituals needed to be performed at the Kaliyar Sharif dargah in Haridwar. He alleged that Haq took the couple to Haridwar on August 12, where they stayed in a hotel. The man alleged that the cleric called his wife to his room on the pretext of performing rituals and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she informed her husband.
Quoting from the complaint, the SHO said that after returning from Haridwar, Haq reached the couple’s house on August 19 when she was alone. Haq was accompanied by his associate Khurram, who stood guard outside the house. While the cleric was inside, the woman’s husband arrived. Khurram tried to stop him, but he broke open the door and allegedly found Haq in a compromising position with his wife.
The husband raised an alarm, following which neighbours gathered at the house and thrashed Haq and Khurram. Some people also clicked some photographs and made videos of the cleric.
While the family did not immediately inform the police, Haq kept pressuring them to return the video clips and photographs.
As they refused to hand over the same, Haq got an FIR lodged against the victim’s husband and four others on August 23 at Nazibabad police station, alleging that they had misbehaved with his wife and also snatched her jewellery. Following this, police picked up one of the persons named in the FIR. While questioning him, police came to know about Haq’s motive behind filing the FIR. Later, police contacted the victim and her husband, who lodged an FIR against Haq and Khurram.
The second case against Haq was filed on August 26 at the City Kotwali police station for allegedly making derogatory remark against the Superintendent of Police. Investigating officer of the case, sub-inspector Jitendra Kumar said, “Haq had told media persons that he would pull the badges of the SP if no action was taken on his FIR registered at Nazibabad police station. Haq’s statement was circulated through WhatsApp by some person.”
Another case against Haq was filed for allegedly abusing and thrashing a businessman, Faizan Malik, at his mobile shop in City Kotwali police station area. The FIR was filed on August 26 against Haq and his associates.
Haq had hit the headlines after offering Rs 51 lakh to behead Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari for his alleged objectionable remarks against Prophet Muhammad.