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Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad demands Wasim Rizvi’s arrest

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Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad demanded the arrest of   UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairperson Wasim Rizvi for his controversial demand of banning `madarsa’s  on the premise that they were breeding extremism and had Jehadi links.

Jawwad said that if immediate action was not taken against Rizvi then clerics would launch an agitation in UP, Delhi and other states. 

“Shia Waqf Board chairman is talking nonsense. He is a buffoon  and levelling serious allegations against madarsas without any substance. I am at my wits end to understand as to why the state government was patronising a person like Rizvi,’’ said the Shia cleric. 

Jawwad and Rizvi had crossed swords during the Samajwadi Party regime and the former even spearheaded a violent agitation demanding the Shia Waqf Board chairman’s dismissal accusing him of corrupt practices and selling Waqf properties worth crores of rupees.

Jawwad said that Rizvi was misusing his office and deliberately issuing provocative statements to vitiate the atmosphere which could prove to be detrimental for law and order. The cleric said that corruption charges against Rizvi have been proved yet the police have not filed charge sheet against him so far. 

Rizvi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday, demanding a ban on madarsas citing that over one lakh madarsas were being used to aid terror activities. He demanded that madarsas be turned into schools imparting modern education to all irrespective of caste and religion.

Rizvi alleged running madarsa had become lucrative business for mullahs who collect donation and `zakat’ but the education imparted there was breeding ignorance and unemployment.



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