Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested four Muslim men Altamash Khan, Imran Ansari, Javed Khan and Sayyed Irfan for conspiring to incite communal riots by firing bullets at rallies organised by Hindu associations. The four Muslim men had allegedly posted inflammatory messages on social media to protest against the Muslim bangle seller who was thrashed in Indore last week for being a child abuser.
On 22 August, bangle-seller Tasleem Ali grabbed national news headlines after a video went viral that showed a group of people beating him in Indore’s Banganga. Once the woke media’s breast-beating subsided, people realised there was an FIR lodged against him for allegedly possessing fake documents and molesting a minor.
In today’s case, the police have found evidence that one of the Muslim men arrested has links with Pakistan. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said today, “According to the evidence found (during the investigation), one of the arrested persons, Altamash Khan, who staged a protest at a police station (in Indore) after the bangle seller incident, has links with Pakistan through Whatsapp and Facebook.”
Mishra told reporters that the mastermind Altamash Khan is associated with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) headed by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The arrested people from the group were planning to kill participants at the Hindu rallies and trigger riots in the area.
The Madhya Pradesh home minister said that objectionable materials, including video and audio evidence, were found in the possession of Khan. The arrested had planned to release these videos one by one, he said.
“The objectionable material found with Khan was enough to disturb the peace in the area. Interrogation of these four arrested people is underway,” said Mishra.
Altamash Khan’s conspiracy
SP Rajesh Raghuvanshi caught hold of Khan after he circulated a fake message alleging that Bhim Army was to hold a protest against the Hindu organisation Jagran Manch. Police recovered deleted messages from Khan, which led them to the three other suspects.
Khan had created a Whatsapp group named ‘Bhagwa Love Trap’ to counter love jihad where he advised for Muslim girls to wear burqa and not use mobile phones.
The four arrested, all in the age group of 20 to 30 years, are said to profess radical Islamic ideology.
Police say the suspects spread inflammatory messages on social media with the intention to trigger communal riots. They wanted to create discontent among people over some recent incidents in the city to instigate violence.
The four Muslim men have been booked under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) along with other sections of the Indian Penal Code. The police may also invoke the NSA against the arrested persons.
Muslim Bangle seller held for harassing minor girl
Tasleem Ali, the 25-year-old bangle seller was arrested by Indore police for inappropriately touching and harassing a 13-year-old girl. He was found to be carrying Aadhar cards under different names.
A video in which Ali was seen getting beaten by a group of men in the Govind Nagar area after harassing the girl went viral on social media. The video was used by the left ecosystem to allege communal hate crime. The persons who had thrashed the bangle sellers were booked by the police too.
Making use of this incident, Altamash Khan along with associates had reportedly planned to incite communal riots.
Meanwhile, another video has surfaced where Ali is heard saying he is ready to strike a compromise with the men who assaulted him, and that he does not want to complain to the police.
Nevertheless, among those who allegedly beat Ali, Rakesh Pawar and Vikas Malviya were arrested hours after an FIR was filed against them on 27 August. Vivek Vyas was arrested from Gwalior the following morning. The fourth accused’s name, Rajkumar Bhatnagar, was added to the FIR Monday evening, leading to his arrest.