A man in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district has been charged with setting fire to three houses – two Muslim men and a Hindu family – and vandalizing a temple on the same day.
On January 5, Bunty Upadhyaya, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, assaulted Shaukat Ali. He was arrested by the police and sent to prison.
When Bunty was released on bail on Thursday, he is said to have set fire to three houses, including Shaukat’s. He also allegedly hit Shaukat’s sister Kamroon Bi with a rubber pipe.
Later, he burned a car and set fire to the house of Chandrakanta – all residents of Kodiya Hanuman Mandir in Khandwa district.
However, the Muslim families claimed they were attacked for their religious identity, as the accused threatened them to leave the site a day before the incident.
Baljeet Singh, an inspector at Kotwali Police Station, said Deepak, also known as Bunty, has an extensive criminal record with 28 cases against him. Of them, six crimes were registered in just two days.
“He argued with two families and beat them up. Then at night Shaukat Ali’s locked house, Saleem Beg’s auto rickshaw and Chandrakanta’s backyard were set on fire. He also destroyed a Shiv-Parvati temple in the place where a case is also registered,” he said.