Majid Husain booked, encroachments razed
A DAY after an angry mob attacked a house in Kilol Park area and clashed with police resulting in injuries to 20 policemen, four criminal cases were registered on Sunday, including one against Majid Husain for making a false complaint to the police.india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 11:29 IST
A DAY after an angry mob attacked a house in Kilol Park area and clashed with police resulting in injuries to 20 policemen, four criminal cases were registered on Sunday, including one against Majid Husain for making a false complaint to the police.
On Saturday, he had complained to the police that anti-social elements were staying in a mosque near Kilol Park under the guise of ‘jamaats’. Angry over the false complaint, a strong mob had attacked his house, torched shops built by him by allegedly encroaching Waqf land and clashed with police on late Saturday night.
The police booked Majid Husain under Sections 294 and 295 (A) for deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings on the complaint of the Masjid Committee office-bearer Irfan Husain. Three other cases registered pertain to arson, injuries to 1 DSP and 19 policeman, damage to police vehicles and shops.
The angry mob wanted that Majid Husain be handed over to them. Sensing trouble, the administration had shifted the family to a safer place in the night. On Sunday, parts of the alleged encroachment that included extension of the house, was razed under the direction of Waqf Board.
The Waqf Board also made a ‘panchnama’ and gave charge of the mosque to the recently constituted Masjid Committee. Husain, who was in-charge of the old committee, had not been handing over charge to the present committee for months and when the office-bearers of the newly elected committee had approached the police, they were surprised to find that Husain filed a written complaint against them saying explosives were kept in mosque and jamaat members had terrorist links.
SP Anant Kumar Singh categorically denied that the police conducted any raid in the mosque. “The committee members had themselves taken a Head Constable with them to check the veracity of Husain’s complaint and the policeman had returned in the evening itself,” he said.
Sources said the anger against Majid Husain was building up for long owing to the alleged encroachment by him. He had made similar complaints with the police in the past.
A few months ago, he had made a complaint about ‘jamaats’ with the police and also a complaint made with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) about the same.
This had infuriated the residents and members of the Muslim community. Late on Saturday evening, news of Husain’s complaint and the rumours of raid trigged the attack. Majid Husain, who brings out two local papers, had allegedly published an article following which acid was thrown on him in 1994.
On the complaint of a shop-owner, Shahid Rizvi, the police booked unidentified persons for rioting, house trespass, act endangering personal safety and assault on public servant. Another case was registered on the complaint of Talaiya Station Officer against half-a-dozen unidentified youths for setting a police vehicle on fire, a case for attacking police, damaging the house and shops.