KANPUR: The owner of the famous Baba Biryani chain in Kanpur – Mukhtar Baba – along with his son, daughter, mother and a Pakistani national identified as Abid Rehman have been booked in three FIRs lodged on the basis of separate complaints with the Public Grievance Cell for ‘grabbing’ properties, including enemy property, in separate locations of the district.
Police said along with Mukhtar Baba, his family members and the Pakistani national, there are 21 others who are accused of grabbing Ramjanki temple at the New Berry road and a Shiva temple at Premnagar.
“We will now record the statement of Mukhtar, who is in jail, in this regard,” police said.
In the first FIR, lodged at Bajaria police station by Mukhtar’s neighbour Adibul Kadar, who is also principal of Junior High School, Binaur; Baba’s mother Hazra Begum, his two brothers – Mumtaz Ahmed and Mushtaq Ahmed – and son Waqar Ahmed have been named as accused besides one Maulabaksh and Shivcharan Gupta.
Adibul Qadar, secretary of the Enemy Property Protection Sangharsh Samiti, has claimed that there were many tenants in the Ramjanki temple complex.
Majority of the Hindu families had fled after the riots of 1931. The priests, however, continued puja activities. he claimed.
“However, Maulabaksh fraudulently got the temple premises registered in his name. Then through the fake ‘Hibanama’ (gift deed), the property was registered in the name of Pakistani national Abid Rehman. Through Abid, the ‘bainama’ (registry) of the property was done in the name of Hazra Begum, mother of Mukhtar Baba. Later, Mukhtar, his brothers got it named after themselves. The tenants were evicted, and Mukhtar opened a restaurant there,” Qadar alleged.
Ehsanulhaq Ansari, a resident of Kanghi Mohal and a former tenant of Ramjanki temple, has also lodged a report at the Bajaria police station against Mukhtar Baba and others.
In the FIR, he has alleged that he was a tenant in the temple premises but was forced to vacate his shop after Baba got the property registered in his name through forgery.
Similarly, Uday Shankar Nigam, a resident of Premnagar, has lodged an FIR at the Chamanganj police station against Mukhtar Baba, Umar and Mukhtar Baba’s daughter Naaz Ayesha, a resident of Beconganj.
Nigam said, as per the municipal corporation, a house in Premnagar – which has been registered in the name of Baba’s daughter using fraudulent means – is an ancient Shiva temple.
“The temple complex has also a well built for ‘parikrama’ (circumambulation),” Nigam said.
Joint commissioner of police Anand Prakash Tiwari said that of three FIRs, two were registered at Bajaria police station and one at Chamanganj police station under IPC’s sections 420 (fraud), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) against the accused, including Mukhtar Baba, his son, daughter, mother and a Pakistani national named Abid Rehman. “The police will now soon record the statement of Mukhtar, who is in jail, in this regard,” said the joint CP.