Sunday, June 24th, Punjab Police arrested AAP MLA Naresh Yadav for allegations of involvement in the Malerkotla Sacrilege incident. “We arrested AAP MLA Naresh Yadav from his house in Delhi. He will be produced in a Malerkotla court tomorrow,” Punjab Police, IG (Patiala Zone), Paramraj Singh Umra Nangal said.
For those of you who may not know what had occurred in the incident, here’s a brief: after the alleged desecration of the holy Quran on Saturday, the mob clashed with the police, injuring eight people. After the torn pages were recovered in front of a cemetery, the majorly Muslim town took heat and a mob entered the MLA’s house and torched the security personnel’s room. The police had to fire in the air to disperse the protesters. Than began a 100 bullet cross-fire between the cops and protestors, who also burned 2 buses, 10 private vehicles and ransacking government property.
Now, Naresh Yadav has been arrested as one of the accused, Vijay Kumar, claimed he had created the riot and led the mob at the behest of the AAP MLA.
He has been charges with IPC sections 109 (punishment for abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (injury or defiling place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class).
To this Naresh Yadav claims that this is all a ‘Conspiracy’.