Monu was arrested by a Haryana Police SIT on September 12 and handed over to Rajasthan Police, which is probing his role in the double murder of Nasir and Junaid, whose charred bodies were found in an SUV. He is also facing a probe for his alleged role in fanning the violence after the July 31 communal riots in Nuh.
On Saturday, the court of judicial magistrate (first class) Tarannum Khan remanded Monu in four days’ police custody in the case registered on February 7 this year by the father of a Pataudi youth who was allegedly shot at by Monu and others in a scuffle between two communities.
Mubeen Khan (45) had told the cops that his 20-year-old son Moheen was buying groceries in Babbarshah Mohallah when an argument between the two groups broke out in the locality and their members started firing at each other on the night of February 6.
“My son had to come home through the same route. As he tried to walk through the angry crowd, he got shot in the back,” Mubeen Khan said in his complaint.
A case was registered against Monu under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (disappearing evidence) of the IPC, and provisions of the Arms Act.
Advocate Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, Monu’s counsel, said the Gurgaon police demanded a seven-day remand, citing that the weapon used in the crime would be recovered from Monu’s accomplice from Maharashtra, but the court granted a four-day custody.
Just around a week after the Pataudi clash, the leader of the cow vigilante network in south Haryana was named as a key accused among others for allegedly killing the two men from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. The charred bodies of Nasir (27) and Junaid (35) were found in a Bolero in Haryana’s Bhiwani on February 16.
It was alleged that they were beaten up and set on fire by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes who suspected that they were involved in cattle smuggling.
Monu was arrested by Nuh police on September 12 for his alleged involvement in inciting the riots. On August 26, he was booked in another suo motu case for posting a provocative video two days before the VHP and other outfits announced they would complete the disrupted Brijmandal Jalabhishek Yatra on August 28 after the previous one was suspended when the riots broke out on July 31.
After his arrest, Monu was handed over to Rajasthan Police for investigation in the double murder case. He was brought to Gurgaon from a high-security jail in Ajmer, where he was lodged.