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UP’s bulldozer action on rioters continue; house of Prayagraj violence accused razed

A day after the homes of two accused were razed in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, the Yogi government’s symbolic bulldozer on Sunday was moved to Prayagraj where authorities demolished the house of Javed Ahmad, alias Javed Pump, who has been identified as the main conspirator behind the violence that erupted in the city on June 10.
Violence broke out in six districts of Uttar Pradesh after Friday prayers over the recent remarks on Prophet Muhammad by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma who has since been suspended. Thirteen policemen were injured in the violence and there was largescale destruction of public and private property.
Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) on Sunday demolished the house of Javed Ahmad, alias Pump, the alleged mastermind of Friday’s violence here, amid a heavy police deployment. A day earlier, the properties of two people accused of rioting were demolished in Saharanpur where stone-pelting had taken place as well.
SP City (Saharanpur), Rajesh Kumar had said two accused who created ruckus have been identified through CCTV footage as Muzammil and Abdul Vakir. Municipal corporation teams bulldozed their illegal properties, he said. In Prayagraj, a senior PDA official said, “Javed Ahmad’s house– JK Ashiyana– is located in the Kareli area of Prayagraj. Police and a JCB machine reached the Kareli police station around 10.30 a.m. and demolition commenced around 1 p.m.”
“The house was built without getting its map passed by the PDA. For this, he was issued a notice on May 10 and was told to present his point of view on May 24. On the said date, neither Javed nor his lawyer turned up. No document was presented in this regard, and hence on May 25, demolition orders were issued,” the PDA official said.
Accused to pay for property destruction during violence: Thirteen police cases have been lodged across Uttar Pradesh over Friday’s violence and 306 people have been arrested, senior state police officer Prashant Kumar told NDTV on Sunday. Those involved in arson and damage to public and private property will also have their properties attached under the relevant law, he said.
Asked if the UP Recovery of Damages to Private and Public property will be invoked in cases of arson and public and property destruction, Kumar answered in the affirmative.
“We have already made it very clear from Day One and we have already issued notices also… For this case and the June 3 violence in Kanpur,” Kumar told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

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