14-year-old held for attacking cleric with iron rod

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 15:43 IST

A runaway Uttar Pradesh teenager was arrested for attacking the cleric of Jama Masjid in Deep Colony of Kanganwal on Friday.

“The 14-year-old accused was arrested from Dhandhari railway station on Saturday following the complaint of Maulana Habib-Ur-Rehman,” said Sahnewal station house officer (SHO) Hardeep Singh. “The accused was attempting to flee from the city. He was produced in the local court that ordered to send him to juvenile home on judicial remand. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against him.”

In his complaint, the cleric stated that the boy turned up at the mosque on Friday and told him that he wanted to stay there and pursue his studies at the Madrasa.

“The boy possessed Rs 4,500 in cash and a mobile phone. Suspecting that the boy might have stolen the money and mobile from his house before running away, he confiscated the things. The priest also told the boy that he will allow him to stay in mosque only after taking permission from his parents,” police said.

The SHO said, “He allowed the boy to stay for a night. Fearing that the cleric might send him back to home, the boy hit him with an iron rod at night and fled after taking his money and mobile phone taken by the cleric.”

On being informed, police reached the spot and initiated investigation.

“The iron rod used in the crime was recovered from the boy. The police are trying to contact his parents in Uttar Pradesh,” the SHO said. htc

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