July 4, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA from Delhi, Naresh Yadav, was booked on Saturday in connection with a case of alleged Quran ‘desecration’ in Punjab, reported The Indian Express.
Yadav was booked after Vijay Kumar, the alleged mastermind in the case, told the police that he had “desecrated” the Quran at the behest of Yadav, and was offered Rs 1 crore, the report added.
“Vijay Kumar has claimed that in Malerkotla, he was offered Rs 1 crore for tearing pages of Quran and throwing them near a drain on Khanna Road. Their plan was also to desecrate a Hindu holy book next,” the report quoted Sangrur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pritpal Singh Thind as saying.
According to the police, Vijay Kumar wanted to avenge Dinanagar and Pathankot terrorist, The Indian Express report said. Kumar also told the investigators he hated Pakistan and Muslims.
Yadav has been booked under Sections 109 (Punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of IPC.
Reports suggest that the police have so far arrested three people — Vijay Kumar, Nand Kishore Goldy and Gaurav. Trio are said to have links with the Vishav Hindu Parishad.
The development comes just three days ahead of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Punjab visit to launch AAP’s election campaign, reported News 18. AAP Sanjay Singh defended Yadav saying there were political motives behind the FIR.
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