Police announced a cash reward of ??1 lakh for information on the head of the Hindu organization, Anil Arora alias Bobby, who allegedly made objectionable remarks against religious figures. The police have assured that the identity of the informant will be withheld.
The move comes a day after some religious groups blocked the Samrala Chowk for eight hours, demanding Arora’s arrest. The move is also aimed at preventing blockades and protests on Wednesday, when Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is expected to visit the city.
Religious groups, while lifting their blockade on Monday and moving to a park in Samrala Chowk, had threatened to block the road again if the accused was not arrested within 48 hours.
A case under Articles 295-A (willful and malicious acts aimed at insulting the religious sentiments of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the accused at the No. 3 Division Police Station on October 20. Bala said a hunt was open for the accused.
Arora releases a video
Meanwhile, Anil Arora posted a video on his Facebook page indicating he was involved in the case. He said someone doubled down to trick him.
Arora also said he filed a complaint with the police to request a forensic examination of the audio recording.
Six defendants detained for having accommodated Arora
In the meantime, six people, including three women, have been arrested for allegedly harboring Arora. The accused were identified as Shalu Aggarwal from Sector 20 of Panchkula, Rosy Jain and her husband Amit from Anand Vihar on Pakhowal Road, Mahesh Chander and his wife Sushma Rani from Janakpuri and Umesh Kumar from New Guru Nanak Nagar in Mundian Kalan.
Deputy Additional Police Commissioner (ADCP City 1) Pragya Jain said the defendants were arrested for helping Arora escape arrest. However, the accused continues to be at large.
The ADCP added that a hunt was underway for Arora’s arrest and anyone else harboring Arora would also face prosecution.