The violence broke out on July 31 during clashes near the Vishva Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Braj Mandal Yatra in Nuh district. The turmoil subsequently spread to the adjacent Gurgaon area, resulting in the deaths of six people, including two home guards and a clergyman.
Pradeep Kumar Sharma was part of a group from Sohna in Gurgaon that participated in the VHP yatra. While they were returning to Javed Colony in Sohna, their vehicle was attacked with stones by rioters, shortly after communal clashes began in Nuh.
The police managed to rescue the group and admitted them to a hospital; however, Sharma succumbed to his injuries on August 2.
Gurgaon police’s special investigation team (SIT) arrested one Azharuddin, also known as Ajju, a resident of Raipur colony in Sohna. This marks the first arrest in connection with the case, according to the police.
“The arrested accused was presented in a city court today, and we have secured a three-day police remand. We are interrogating the accused,” stated Vijay Pratap Singh, the head of the SIT.
Javed Ahmad, a local Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, was implicated in plotting Sharma’s murder, although he has not been taken into custody as of yet.
A senior police officer indicated that the accusations against the AAP leader are under investigation, and appropriate legal action will be taken in accordance with the law.
An First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against Javed and others under sections 148 (riots), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience of an order promulgated by a public servant), 302 (murder), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as under the Arms Act, at Sohna police station.
To apprehend the suspects, a seven-member SIT was established under the oversight of Singh, who also serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Police for the crime division. The SIT included police teams from various crime units, including Sohna.
(With inputs from PTI)