Meerut, Jan 6: Uttar Pradesh is known for its lack of law and order under the ruling Samajwadi Party. A shocking incident happened in Muslim-dominated Sardhana town of Meerut district on Friday, Jan 1.
At around 10 am, a 16-year-old fruit vendor Mohammad Saddam was selling fruits on his cart, when a Samwajwadi Party leader Anees Qureshi, along with three others, purchased 1 kg guavas from him. When Saddam asked to him to pay the price (Rs 15), then what he got was bone-chilling.
One of the man sitting inside SP leadr's car allegedly slit Saddam's throat and now the teenager is recuperating in a hospital. He is said to be in critical condition.
When the SP men refused to pay him money, then Saddam allegedly told them that 'Allah would not forgive them'. This instigated them and one of the man took out a knife and slit Saddam's throat, in a fit of rage.
As per one report, some Hindus who witnessed the crime, took profusely bleeding Saddam to a nearby hospital and also informed his family members.
Following the horrific incident, his family members lodged a complaint against the accused SP leader. Even though the FIR under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC has been filed against the culprits, but the police is not acting swiftly into the case.
As of now, there is no word on Qureshi's whereabouts.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that some goons are harassing Saddam's family and pressurising them to withdraw the FIR or they will be finished off.
Tehseen Ahmad told a leading daily that a police official even told him "not to disturb them unnecessarily". One of the Saddam's relative said that they handed over one of the culprit, Salman Qureshi to the police.
However, police has a different version, as they say they have made 1 arrest and are searching for other three absconders. At the same time, Anees Qureshi has been removed from the position of Vice President of Sardhana constituency.
As assembly elections are slated to be held in 2017 in Uttar Pradesh, Qureshi's brutal act may cost the ruling party heavily.