Prophet’s Note: UP Police claim to have new leads linking violence to Kanpur, Prayagraj
Police say they have found new leads in the ongoing investigation, indicating there is a link between the violence in Kanpur and Prayagraj which took place on June 3 and 10 during the remarks against Prophet Muhammad by former BJP spokesperson.
The investigation revealed Prayagraj-based activist Javed Mohammad was in regular contact with a man from the Yateemkhana area of Kanpur, where the violence first erupted, police officials said.
Investigation is ongoing to determine if the alleged conspirators behind the violence in Kanpur and Prayagraj were the same. In Prayagraj, violence erupted in Kareli and Khuldabad areas on June 10.
“We reviewed Javed’s mobile phone call records and found that he was in regular contact with a Kanpur-based man between June 3 and June 10. The duration of calls from both increased after June 3. said Chief Superintendent of Prayagraj Police (SSP) Ajay Kumar.
They spoke for 10 to 15 minutes regularly after June 3, he said, citing the details of the call.
The SSP, however, declined to release details about the Kanpur-based man, adding that he lives in the Yateemkhana area where the violence erupted on June 3.
Action will be taken based on the evidence, he added.
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Javed Mohammad was returned to prison after his two-day police custody ended on Sunday.
But Kanpur Deputy Commissioner of Police (JCP), Anand Prakash Tiwari, denied having any information about an investigation by Prayagraj Police into a town resident’s role in the violence.
Kanpur Police Commissioner Vijay Singh Meena could not be contacted.
So far, Prayagraj police have arrested 105 people, including seven minors, in the June 10 violence. They are investigating the role of 21 people whose role was mentioned during the investigation.
Raids are carried out to find them.
Prayagraj Police have declared a reward of 25,000 rupees to the five fugitives, including All India Majilis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Shah Alam who is wanted in the case. The other four are Umar Khalid, Corporal Fazal Khan, Ashish Mittal and Zeeshan Rehman.
Prayagraj SSP Kumar, the Kanpur-based suspect, has not yet been named as a defendant by Kanpur Police in the June 3 violence case.