Four months after the communal violence in Chandan Nagar, the key accused who allegedly engineered the riots was arrested from Bombay Bazaar on Saturday.
He was the last accused among the eleven on whom National Security Act (NSA) has been invoked for rioting. According to police, Imran alias Immu was leading one of the community involved in the riots and was charged for inciting violence in the community.
Chandan Nagar police station in-charge Vinod Dixit said, “He was among the eleven against whom the NSA warrants had been slapped. Ten were arrested earlier and Imran was the last among them and was absconding since then.”
A special team of Chandan Nagar police has been looking out for him since last four months. “He was caught from the residence of a eunuch in Bombay Bazaar area,” said the police official. He is a resident of Chandan Nagar and led members of one of the community in the riots, said police.
Dixit said, “It is not yet established if the transgender person was sheltering him with an intention to protect him from police or have any connection in the riots. Hence no case was registered against him.”
According to police, in the last four months, Imran has been hiding in Bhopal near Bombay hospital and Choithram hospital area and was finally caught from Bombay Bazaar on Saturday.
Police said, “Imran is a previous offender and 30 cases were registered against him in different police stations.” An attempt to murder (307 IPC) and a case of attacking police party have been registered against him in Chandan Nagar police station.
“Telephone call records and information from sources helped us in reaching him,” said Dixit. He was transported to Bhopal immediately after the arrest. The riots erupted after carcass of a cow was found in communally-sensitive Chandan Nagar area. About 50 people including 20 policemen were injured in the riots.
What was the case?
Recovery of a cow carcass sparked tension in communally-sensitive Chandan Nagar area on August 20, 2013, resulting in heavy stone pelting between two groups. Violence started when members of a group blocked the Dhar road and staged protest against recovery of cow carcass in a nullah in Ammar Nagar. As the crowd surged towards the Chandan Nagar square, members of the opposing faction also took to streets.
Unidentified persons fired shots and at least 45 persons including 20 police personnel were injured in the violence that forced police to resort to cane charge and tear gas shells to disperse unruly mob. More than 55 vehicles were damaged and two cars were torched by the violent mob.