August 1, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh (August 01, 2014): According to special report of journalist Tajinder Singh Kapur, published by prominent Punjabi vernacular “Ajit” published from Jalandhar, the a team Crime Branch of Saharanpur police has arrested 7 persons, including “master-mind” of Saharanpur violence.
According to the news report former Councillor Mohram Ali Pappu and his relative Irshan were among those arrested by the crime branch.
“Pappu had tried to blackmail the management committee of Gurdwara Singh Sabha Saharanpur and he had demanded 15 lakh rupees” the report reads.
As per information Pappu had delivered hate-speeches to instigate violence against the Sikhs on 26 July. He instigated the mob to attack the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib.
According to another news report published in Daily Ajit, a panchayat (gathering) was being held on 26 July morning regarding the land dispute. According to news reported by Journalist Surinder Chauhan, Mohram Ali Pappu had suspected that the decision of panchayat may not be in his favour. He gathered a mob along with his close aides and instigated them to riot.
As per information most of the people responsible for the Saharanpur violence have been identified by police using CCTV footage.
Mohram Ali Pappu had been a close aide of former Health Minister Qazi Rashid Masood’s family. He is currently considered associated with Imran Masood, however Imran Masood has denied any current links of Pappu.
On 26 July a mob had attacked Sikh Gurdwara Sahib. They attacked Sikhs and burned shops and other vehicles.
The violence reportedly broke-out as the Management committee of Sikh Gurdwara Sahib was undertaking construction work over a land considered disputed property by some members of the Muslim community. The High Court had recently ordered the case in favor of Sikhs, and it was only after the court orders, Sikhs had started the construction work.
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