Monday, November 29, 1999

Muslim clerics condemn scholar`s arrest

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New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Muslim leaders Saturday condemned the arrest of an Islamic scholar after a scare on a London-bound flight when a woman passenger complained to the flight crew about his 'dangerous conversation'.Maulana Noor-ul-Huda, who runs Farooqiya Madrasa in Deoband, was on his way to London to deliver lectures when he was arrested after the woman's complaint. He was presented in a city court Friday and granted bail.'People wearing a kurta-pyjama with a long beard and a cap are misinterpreted by everybody as a terrorist. Before arresting him (Huda), the authorities should have checked the plane if they thought there was a possibility of a bomb blast,' said Abdul Hamid Nomani, spokesman of the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind.Terming it 'injustice' on the part of the government, Syeed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, said: 'People in this country have to pay for being a Muslim. This kind of misinterpretation and the action after it to a Muslim shows intolerance towards our community.'Though the community is angry over this incident, they agreed that such an outlook is limited to a certain section of people irrespective of religion and they should not be encouraged.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have decided to file a closure report in this case. Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S.Dadwal told reporters Friday that it was a case of miscommunication.

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