The Enforcement Directorate has now turned its gaze on individuals who participated in two latest protests — towards the Prophet remarks by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, and the announcement of the Agnipath short-term recruitment scheme for the armed forces.
The ED has sought paperwork and case papers from UP Police to look at if it could proceed towards the accused below provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It is equally inspecting the function of teaching centres in Bihar in fuelling protests towards the Agnipath scheme.
“We are examining both cases from a money-laundering perspective. In the protests over the Prophet remarks, we have learnt there is involvement of a certain organisation which has been aggressively active in engineering protests against the government on Islamic issues. It is already under probe for its involvement in certain other protests. We have sought documents from UP Police, which has already arrested members of this organisation,” a senior ED official stated.
In Bihar, the official stated, the ED is wanting on the alleged function of some teaching centres throughout the Agnipath protests.
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“The protests in Bihar were fuelled by some coaching centres. We are examining the issue. If we find evidence of them having funded these protests, we will proceed against them under the PMLA,” the official stated.
The Prophet remarks triggered massive scale protests in Kanpur, Prayagraj and Saharanpur. There have been incidents of stone-pelting and clashes with police.
Following this, the UP Police registered 20 FIRs and arrested 424 folks throughout 10 districts within the state. Authorities additionally launched focused demolition drives towards properties owned by these allegedly concerned within the protests.