The man whose number was found scribbled on the defaced pages of the Holy Quran, sparking violence at Masuri in Ghaziabad on September 14, has claimed innocence.
The Gautam Budh Nagar resident has said he has nothing to do with the incident and claimed that somebody is trying to frame him.
The defaced pages found near Adhyatmik Nagar railway halt at Dasna had led to widespread violence that claimed six lives.
“Why will anyone write his number on such pages, which is bound to fuel religious unrest?” the man told Hindustan Times, requesting anonymity.
After the pages were found on September 14, the man received hundreds of threatening calls from people who accessed his number.
“They abused me and threatened to kill me. After I felt harassed, I took out the SIM card and switched off the mobile phone. I don't know what was going on,” he said.
He claimed he had received a similar threatening call in August as well.
“The caller used threatening and abusive language and told me that ‘you have defaced our religious book’. I was shocked. I called back and told him that we will hand his number to the police,” he claimed.
The matter was not reported to the police as he received no further calls —that was till the September 14 violence at Dasna and Masuri.
The man is totally confused and said two incidents of similar nature, in August and September, cannot be mere coincidence.
“Someone is trying to implicate me and I don't know why it is being done. When investigating and security agencies reached me after the September 14 incident, I told them about the previous call in August. They are investigating it,” he said.