Three more cases filed against Muslim MLA from Haryana

Gurugram: In what seen as blatant manifestation of discriminatory treatment to minorities in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Manohar Lal Khattar has filed three more cases pertaining to arson and communal violence against MLA Mamman Khan in Nuh, Haryana state of India.

Mamman Khan, who is a Congress member, has been named as a ‘key conspirator’ and his police remand has been extended by two days by a pliant court. The cases against him are viewed as politically-motivated by many, and also an attempt to render the Muslims leaderless in the state.

Interestingly, police did not give detail of the case.

“We have found Mamman Khan to be a conspirator in a few more FIRs. A probe is underway; we can’t give any further details,” said Nuh SP Narender Bijarnia.

The Internet services in Nuh have been suspended for two more days. The police have named Khan as an accused in FIR number 137, 148 and 150. He was earlier named an accused in FIR number 149 two days ago.

A senior investigator has testifed that Khan has been pleading innocence. “He says he is popular in the area and a large number of youngsters are his followers. He denies having instigating any violence …,” said the official. The Ferozepur Jhirka MLA was arrested late on Thursday night from Rajasthan.

A procession led by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was attacked by a mob in Nuh on July 31.

Six persons were killed, most of them during the attack. A cleric was killed in an attack on a mosque in adjoining Gurugram.

Multiple FIRs were lodged after the violence, including one at a police station in Nuh on August 1. Khan was issued a notice under Section 160 (requiring his presence before police) of the CrPC in connection with the August 1 FIR, but he never appeared.

Meanwhile, Khan’s supporters in the Mewat region of Nuh and Rajasthan have started a social media campaign against the witch-hunt. With the Gurugram police seeking cow vigilante Monu Manesar’s remand, the supporters claim that Manesar will get bail while Khan will suffer for political reasons.

“The entire Manesar arrest drama was for laying grounds to harass Khan. A man wanted for murder was questioned for just two days by the Rajasthan Police, while the seasoned politician is being held for four days,” said a senior Congress leader.

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