Mob sets Agra Muslim man’s house on fire over relation with Hindu woman

Police on spot as they help to douse flames in Agra.

Agra: Two houses belonging to a Muslim family were torched by a mob after a 22-year-old Hindu woman allegedly eloped with the Muslim man. The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra on Friday.

Members of a fringe group “Dharam Jagran Samanvay Sangh” torched the house belonging to Sajid, a gym owner in Agra’s Runakta locality, news agency PTI reported.

The mob was demanding the arrest of Sajid accusing him of kidnapping the woman. Shops in the local market also made to shut on Friday over the mob’s demand.

The police post in charge was suspended after the incident for negligence and a probe has been ordered against the Sikandra station house officer.

“If found guilty, action will be taken against him as well,” Agra’s Senior Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Singh was quoted as saying.

The woman went missing on Monday. She was traced two days later by the police, but Sajid’s whereabouts are still not known.

Her family members had filed a missing report, prompting a police search for the couple.

In a video that surfaced on social media, the woman said she is an adult and had gone willingly with the man. “Both are adults,” SP Sudheer Singh said. He said the police will bring the woman to court.

He said that an FIR has been registered against members of the group that set the houses on fire and they will be arrested soon.


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