Shia chief fears threat to life

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The UP Shia Cen­tral Waqf Board chair­man Waseem Rizvi, who stirred a con­tro­versy by claim­ing the madrasas pro­duce ter­ror­ists, has now de­manded ad­e­quate se­cu­rity from the gov­ern­ment. Mr Rizvi has been slapped with a ` 20- crore defama­tion suit by Jamiat Ulama- e- Hind and has re­ceived death threats on so­cial me­dia af­ter he wrote to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath re­quest­ing a ban on madrasas that breed ter­ror­ists.

Though Mr Rizvi said that he is yet to re­ceive the no­tice sent to him by the Ma­ha­rash­tra branch of Jamiat Ulama- e- Hind, he said that he had also re­ceived death threats so­cial me­dia.

The no­tice sent to Mr Rizvi ac­cuses him of on the us­ing ex­tremely ob­jec­tion­able lan­guage in the Jan­uary 9 let­ter sent to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, which has harmed the rep­u­ta­tion of Madarasas and Mus­lims.

The let­ter that was re­leased to the me­dia, ac­cuses Mr Rizvi of al­leg­ing that madarasas pro­duce ter­ror­ists in­stead of doc­tors and engi­neers and rad­i­calise the Mus­lim youth.

Mr Rizvi, mean­while, ex­plained that he had re­quested Mr Modi and Yogi Adityanath to ban only those madarasas that are funded by for­eign coun­tries. “The men­tal­ity, power and net­work of a few rad­i­cal Is­lamists have been ex­posed be­fore the world in this let­ter. They dis­torted my state­ment and brought en­tire Mus­lim com­mu­nity against me. I was talk­ing about some spe­cific madrasas only,” he said.

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