Kanpur riot accused received Rs3.54 crore deposit into bank account in July 2019
As per the police, the bank accounts of Hayat Zafar Hashmi, the main accused in the Kanpur violence, are now under the scanner. The police have launched a probe into the possibilities of foreign funding to Hayat, after it was found that he had received a total of Rs 3.54 crore into one of his four bank accounts in July 2019.
The details of one of his accounts at a private bank in the Babupurwa area of Kanpur reveal that a transaction of Rs.3.54 crore was made in his account on July 30, 2019. An amount of Rs.98 lakh was similarly withdrawn from the same account in September 2021, said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) official. At present, Rs.1.27 crore is left in this account. Hayat also owns a fair-price shop.
“First, we are looking into the sources of money and then the purpose for which it was being used. Later, we will ascertain if the transactions were legal,” the SIT official added.
Sources said that Hayat has two more bank accounts from which transactions have also been made.
“Till now, transactions worth Rs.47.6 crore have been made from the other three accounts in the last three years. Now, the accounts show a balance of just Rs.11 lakh. The ED teams may also interrogate him and his associates regarding the foreign funding if any,” the SIT official said. These accounts were opened in 2019.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the police to investigate if minors were also used as shields in the May 3 clashes and initiate action against those responsible.
On behalf of the Commission, a letter has been sent to the state police headquarters and Kanpur’s Commissioner of Police directing action against such people under the Child Protection Act.
The Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday arrested three people associated with the Popular Front of India in connection with the Kanpur violence, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 54, a senior official said. The activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) had allegedly mobilized rioters and were in contact with Hayat Zafar Hashmi, the key conspirator of the violence, police said.
The violence broke out in Beconganj and adjoining areas of Kanpur on June 3 when some people tried to stage a protest and asked locals to close their business establishments over the alleged insulting remarks made by BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
At least a dozen people were injured in the stone-pelting and 57 arrests have been made.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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