A businessman who is known to be a Pakistan-basher is among three men under arrest on the charges of burning Islamic holy book Quran at Malerkotla, which sparked violence in Punjab’s only Muslim-dominated town on June 24. Police say the trio wanted to start a communal riot for “avenging” the Gurdaspur and Pathankot terror attacks by Pakistani intruders in July 2015 and this January 2, respectively.
According to Hindustan Times, Main accused Vijay Kumar of Jind in Haryana is Canada-returned and his alleged accomplices Nand Kishore Goldy and his son, Gaurav, are from Begowal village in Taragarh area of Pathankot district. “Vijay is a self-styled radical activist not affiliated with any Hindu group as such,” said Patiala range inspector general of police Paramraj Singh Urmranangal.
Vijay is claimed to have been behind similar violence at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. “He is full of fundamentalist opinion and spite for Muslims. A bachelor, now based at Palm Colony in Delhi, he has made a lot of money in the bio-fertiliser business, of which he has nearly 150 agencies in Punjab and Haryana. We are looking deeper into his background,” said the IG. Vijay also faces criminal charges of cheating his business agents.
“In custody, he is talking plain nonsense such as Muslims are going to overpower India and their population is going to explode. He even administers a Pakistan-bashing Whatsapp group,” said the police officer, adding: “The other two are poor men whom he lured into his network by exploiting their anger against Pakistan after the twin terror attacks. The Patiala police caught them at Sanaur before they could enter Haryana on a new Mahindra jeep.”
Police claim to have recovered the lighter that Vijay had allegedly used to set the sacred text ablaze. They have seized three pairs of surgical gloves, a 50-gram-gold coin, a gold chain, and a white-gold-bead chain.
After the sacrilege on the night of June 24, Muslim mobs had damaged a dozen-odd vehicles, tried to burn down the house of Malerkotla’s Akali legislator Farzana Nissara Khatoon, and even injured two senior police officers.
Source : Hindustan Times
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