Thrown out of the house for drug addiction, a 26-year-old man tried to bring his eldest brother-in-law into disrepute by allegedly desecrating a holy book at a mosque being managed by the family at Sunam. As many as 138 pages of Quran were found torn and scattered on the roof and premises of the mosque at Mehlan Chowk on Monday, just two months after a similar sacrilege at Malerkotla in the district.
Heading a special investigation team (SIT), deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Balkar Singh Sidhu cracked the case within 24 hours with the arrest of the accused, Israr Mohammad. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Patiala inspector general of police (IG) Paramraj Singh Umranangal said the accused, who hails from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was the son of the Mehla Chowk mosque priest. Before his death 12 years ago, the priest handed over the responsibility of the mosque to his eldest son-in-law, Mohammad Mustafa.
Israr started living with his sister Mohseena Begam and Mustafa at the mosque, but resented his father’s decision. After he took to drugs, Israr was thrown out of the mosque by the couple. He was also denied shelter by his other two sisters. In order to take revenge from the couple and bring his brother-in-law into disrepute by fanning communal tension, Israr allegedly tore the pages of Quran and scattered these on the roof and premises when no one was present at the mosque.
The IG said Israr confessed to the crime during the preliminary interrogation. He is being further quizzed to find if he had any accomplice. Meanwhile, a case under Section 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused.
The SIT that cracked the case comprised Dirba superintendent of police Jasvir Singh, CIA in-charge Satnam Singh, Chhajli station house officer Vijay Kumar and Mehlan Chowk police station in-charge Karamjit Singh besides the DIG