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Scholar held for Durga praise; Wakf offers to probe Shakti
Amid raging controversy over the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, an eminent Dalit scholar, Kamal Bharti, was arrested on Tuesday on a complaint made by Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan's aide for his alleged Facebook post on the suspended IAS officer.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the UP Sunni Central Wakf Board said it is ready to conduct a probe into the allegations against Durga Shakti if the State Government orders.
Bharti, author of various books on problems faced by Dalits, in his post said that a madarsa in Rampur was recently demolished and its manager was put behind bars but no action was taken against the officials who were deputed to demolish the institution. The madarsa was demolished because it was allegedly constructed on the land of a graveyard, sources said.
He compared it with the Durga Shakti case, alleging that the Noida SDM was suspended for the alleged demolition of a mosque wall.In his post, Bharti said it is the 'will and wish' of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, which prevails and not the law of the land.
In the complaint, Azam Khan's PRO Fasahat Ali Khan alleged that Bharti had made a derogatory remark against the UP Minister. On the complaint, a case was registered against Bharti at Civil Lines police station and he was arrested, police said.Bharti was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate VK Pandey, which granted him bail.
Meanwhile, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board said, “The board had not been asked to conduct any probe in the issue till now but if it comes from State Government, it would be done as per guidelines,” Chairman, UP Sunni Central Waqf Board, Zufar Farooqi told The Pioneer on Tuesday. The Waqf Board is the custodian of mosques in the State.
Earlier on Monday, when a local committee of Dankaur area, Hazrat Syed Bhureshah Committee, gave a clean chit to the IAS officer, the Wakf board denied to have supported the report. Farooqi said the committee’s report was an independent one. The affiliation to the board doesn't give power to any committee to issue statements in behalf of the board, he said.
The local committee had visited the village and after talking to the locals, the committee members had come to a conclusion that the IAS officer has nothing to do with the razing of the wall. As reported, the committee also praised the officer for help to reclaim land belonging to Waqf Board on which there was encroachment.
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Every superstar has some insecurity. That is why a superstar is in search of new subjects. Insecurity is everywhere.
We are keeping an eye on hate-mongers. They orchestrated riots in Muzaffarnagar and are trying it in other parts of the State.