A Muslim Indian scholar who asked his supporters to take out a march in New Delhi to press for a ban on Hindutva organisations has been placed under house arrest.
Ittehad-e- illat Council chief Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barelvi and his three supporters were placed under house arrest for three days on Tuesday night.
District Magistrate (DM/Collector) Shivkanth Devidi said that Maulana’s detention period can be extended if necessary. Bareily City Magistrate Renu Singh says that Maulana did not take permission to take out the march. He only informed the senior officials.
Maulana had announced the plan to take out a Tanga March from Bareily to Delhi on Wednesday. He was planning to submit a memorandum to Indian President Draupadi Murmu asking for placing a ban Hindutva organisations.
Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barelvi had said in Moradabad last week that the Modi government, which registered a case of treason against the Sikhs for demanding Khalistan, should do the same against those demanding a Hindu Rashtra.
In the video that went viral, the Maulana said that if Muslim youth too start demanding a Muslim Rashtra, then what will happen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is false, he said and added that some religious fanatics are sowing seeds of hatred in the country.
He said that hatred against Muslims is increasing. There is a need to protect mosques and madrasas. Moradabad police registered a case against him on Sunday for his alleged remarks.
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