May 4, 2015 2:59:02 am
A day after a violent mob belonging to a minority community clashed with police in Shamli district leaving 17 injured, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Sunday registered an FIR against Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan and 2,000 unidentified people.
Inspector Ajay Kumar of RPF police station in Shamli said a case against Hasan — MLA from Kairana in Shamli — and 2,000 others was lodged on a complaint filed by Traffic Inspector Pawan Kumar under Section 174 of the Railways Act (obstructing running of train, etc). Two other FIRs have also been lodged at Saturday night.
A mob clashed with the police at railway tracks and later at the Kandhla police station on Saturday. Near Kandhla railway station, a crowd had held a protest over the alleged assault on five members of Tablighi Jamaat on Saharanpur-bound Janta Express. The protestors were demanding the arrest of miscreants who had assaulted the Tablighi Jamaat members.
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Deen Mohammed (22) had received gunshot injuries in the protest — which had halted two trains on the tracks. The Shamli police, however, has claimed that it had only fired teargas and resorted to lathicharge.
Later, the mob attacked the Kandhla police station following rumours that three protestors had been killed in police firing on railway tracks. Protestors torched 12 vehicles at the police station and damaged property.
SP MLA Hasan claimed he has been wrongly named in the case and had gone to the railway track to pacify the mob on the request of the police. “I went there as the Shamli police requested me to pacify the mob,” Hasan said over phone.
Shamli SP Vijay Bhushan said police had registered two FIRs on Saturday night itself. “In both cases, former chairman of Kandhla Nagar Palika, Haji Islam, has been is named. No one has been arrested,” he added.
“In the first FIR, registered in connection with the arson at the police station, Haji Islam and around 150 unidentified people have been booked. The second FIR is related to the protest at the railway tracks where miscreants pelted stones on the police. Six persons, including Haji Islam, have been booked along with 2,000 unidentified people,” said Kandhla SHO Ajay Kumar Chauhan.
Despite repeated attempts Haji Islam could not be contacted. District BSP president in Shamli, Arvind Kumar, said Haji Islam is an old leader but was currently not holding any position in the party.
Meanwhile, Deen Mohammed underwent an operation on Sunday in a Meerut hospital. A native of Kairana, Deen is a daily wage labour. His elder brother Aash Mohammed said Deen had gone to the protest site along with other locals. “Doctors have removed bullet from his body. He is stated his to be stable,” he added.
IG (Meerut Zone) Alok Sharma said it will be investigated how Deen suffered a bullet injury during the protest. “The police are collecting photographs and video footage from media houses to ascertain the identity of the accused involved in violence at both railway tracks and police station,” he added.
On Saturday night, Shamli police had transferred the probe into alleged assault on Tablighi Jamaat members to GRP in Badaut. A case, against six unidentified miscreants, was initially was registered with Kandhla police on Friday night.
Inspector (GRP Shamli) Sunit Dutt said: “We will seek help of locals to identity miscreants.
We suspect them to be daily passengers.”
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