A six-member crime branch team of Delhi Police on Thursday (23 APRIL) raided a suspected farmhouse linked to Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad at Kandhala, Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. The Crime Branch team was in the farmhouse till reports last came in.
Shamli Superintendent of Police (SP) Vinit Jaiswal confirmed the raid to IANS. "A Delhi Police team consisting of five officers and a driver arrived in Kandhala in a vehicle around 10 am. The crime branch team registered its presence in the police diary," Singh said. Sources in crime branch in Delhi too acknowledged that its team was at Saad's farmhouse.
According to Kandhala police, the six-member crime branch team asked for additional staff from the police station, which was given. "We are not aware of the investigation or whom the crime branch team has met in the farmhouse," Jaiswal said.
The crime branch had on 31 March registered a criminal case against Maulana Saad and six of his aides. The FIR was registered on the basis of a statement by Nizamuddin police station SHO Mukesh Walia. The crime branch later added in the FIR sections of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Maulana Saad and others.
Since 31 March, there has not been any face-to-face interaction between the Maulana and crime branch officials.
Delhi Police officials are tight-lipped even since facing severe flak for allowing a gathering of hundreds of Maulana's followers at his Jamaat headquarters in Nizamuddin, many of whom were later found to be coronavirus-positive and carriers of the virus across the country. Sources said the police are awaiting "something solid" against the accused before making any statement.
Saad has also been accused of giving controversial speeches like telling his followers to keep assembling in the mosques no matter what. He asks Muslims to not respect the lockdown even if its temporary.
“Only the kafirs rely on the material remedies and resources", Saad was recorded as saying.
(With inputs from IANS)
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