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CPI-M condemns "illegal detention" of Muslim cleric: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday condemned "the illegal detention and arrest" of Maulana Noor-ul-Huda, a respected cleric from Deoband who was deplaned from an Emirates flight "on the basis of a trivial ..... Read Full

New Delhi: 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, Sayyad 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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