Asaduddin Owaisi Slams Demolition “UP Chief Minister Has Become”

Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of the AIMIM, slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday for demolishing the home of the primary offender in the Prayagraj riots, saying he was acting as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.

“The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has been appointed Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. Is he going to imprison anybody and destroy their homes? “While speaking at a rally in Gujarat’s Kutch, Mr. Owaisi posed the question.

Amid strong police presence, the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) razed the residence of Javed Mohammed, aka Pump, the accused mastermind of the June 10 unrest in Prayagraj, on Sunday.

The accused is the father of activist Afreen Fatima and a leader of the Welfare Party of India. Ms Fatima took part in last year’s rallies against the contentious Citizenship Law enacted by the central government. Her participation in this week’s violence is also being investigated, according to the police.

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The accused allegedly possessed illegal firearms and offensive posters at his residence, according to police. Before the destruction, a Sunday morning search was conducted at his residence.

“We discovered a 12 bore illegal handgun, a 315 bore illegal pistol, cartridges, and other papers with undesirable statements against the honorable court,” stated Ajay Kumar, Prayagraj’s Senior Superintendent of Police.

According to authorities, Mr. Mohammed has been detained and is being probed in connection with the incident.

The destruction occurred only hours after a notice alleging unlawful building on the ground, and first levels were posted outside his home. According to the notification, he had also neglected to respond to a demolition order delivered to him in May.

Mr. Mohammed was given until June 9 to demolish the unlawful building, after which he was given a final notice to remove the residence by 11 a.m. on June 12.

In a letter to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, the counsel representing the politician disputed the allegations. They claimed Mr. Mohammed was not the owner of the destroyed property, claiming that the authorities had broken the law and that the destruction was unlawful.

According to the attorneys, the home was in his wife’s name, and she had not received any warning of unlawful building.

After Friday prayers, massive demonstrations erupted in regions of Uttar Pradesh in response to suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma’s inflammatory statements against Prophet Muhammad.

Municipal workers, joined by police, demolished the residences of two violent suspects in Saharanpur on Saturday, claiming they were unlawful structures.

Demolitions were also taken out in Kanpur, where on June 3, there were violent fights and stone-throwing over the same problem.

Over 300 individuals have been detained in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the demonstrations and violence, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warning of “strictest” action against anybody seeking to destabilize the situation.