Kanpur: Additional sessions judge-XVI Jitendra Kumar Dwivedi on Monday rejected the three bail applications of Haji Wasi in the Nai Sarak violence which had taken place on June 3.
The court observed in its order that the FIR against the accused was lodged during the investigation, and as per police version, his role in the violence was significant. He was one of the financers who had given money to the rioters and asked them to spread violence near Chandreshwar ka Hata.
Following his role in the violence there were not sufficient grounds to release the accused on bail in all the three cases hence his bail was being cancelled. According to ADGC Dinesh Agarwal, Wasi was the main sponsor of the Nai Sarak violence and he confessed that he had funded Zafar Hayat who gave the call of market closure. The purpose of giving him money was to vacate the Chandreshwar Ka Hata at throwaway price in order to construct buildings there.
He had also confessed in his statement given before the police that services of D-2 gang were also taken to terrorise the residents of Chandreshwar Ka Hata, and that he had given Rs 10 lakh to Zafar Hayat Hashmi and Rs 4 lakh to Afzal, a member of D- 2 gang for arranging arms and ammunition, petrol bomb and country-made bombs and arrange stone pelters.
The ADGC told the court that as many as 14 criminal cases had been registered against Haji Wasi in various police stations of the city.
Special public prosecutor Pankaj Tripathi opposing the bails submitted before the court that being a financer Haji Wasi had played a great role in the June 3 violence. Former investigation officer Tripurari Pandey in his investigation report mentioned that funds were supplied by Haji Wasi and Mukhtar Baba, owner of Baba Biryani. As both of them had vested interest, they encouraged the mob to disturb the peace of the city.
Earlier, the defence counsel pleaded that Haji Wasi, a reputed builder of the city, had neither grabbed any land nor violated the law. The fact is that the police used to extort money from him from time to time. When he refused to oblige them, they implicated him in three cases. Since he has no criminal history, bail should be granted to him, pleaded the defence counsel.