Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Naresh Yadav, who was booked in connection with a case of Quran desecration in Punjab, was arrested in Delhi late on Sunday. Utv Pakistan Report
The development came on the day another AAP legislator, Aamanatullah Khan, was arrested for threatening and abusing a woman.
A 12-member Punjab Police team didn’t find Yadav at his home or office during the day. He was picked up at night.
“As Yadav didn’t co-operate with the investigation team twice, we produced evidence against him in court to ask for his custodial interrogation. Following issuance of arrest warrant, we dispatched a team to Delhi and arrested him,” Sangrur senior superintendent of police Prithpal Singh Thind said.
A court in Punjab issued on Saturday a warrant against Yadav, who had earlier been questioned in connection with the June 24 Quran sacrilege in Malerkotla in Sangrur district.
Tension flared in the area during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan as news spread that torn pages from the Quran were found in a drain in front of a cemetery.
“I have nothing to hide. I have been framed by Punjab Police on the direction of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal. I have full faith in judiciary and will come clean,” Yadav said after his arrest.
He will be produced in court on Monday and the police will seek his remand for custodial interrogation.
Vijay Kumar of Jind in Haryana, the main accused in the Quran sacrilege case, claimed he committed the act at the behest of Yadav, who was his “friend”.
For his part, Yadav alleged that a “restless” ruling alliance of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Punjab was hatching conspiracies against him.
As the issue triggered a controversy ahead of next year’s state elections, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that some forces were working to divide the country on communal lines.
The AAP, which is being seen as a strong contender in the 2017 polls, is hoping to expand its base beyond Delhi where it received decisive mandate in last year’s assembly polls. The party is up against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress.
Earlier, party spokesperon Ashish Khetan had landed in trouble in Punjab when he compared the party manifesto to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the religious scripture of Sikhism.