Mumbai/Lucknow/Srinagar/Bhopal: The protests erupted in Deoband, Meerurt, Shamli, Muzaffaranagar and other cities and towns of Uttar Pradesh after the State Hindu Mahasabha Chief Kamlesh Tiwari’s blasphemous, provocative and insulting comments against Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) spread to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country on Friday.
While a massive protest rally was held in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal after the afternoon prayers on Friday, protest rallies led by local clerics were also held in Srinagar and Bhiwandi.
The highly insulting comments by the Hindu Mahasbha leader also received a sharp reaction and flak from Darul Uloom Deoband Rector Abul Qasim Nomani.
Kamlesh Tiwari has already been arrested by Lucknow Police after students of Darul Uloom Deoband and members of Muslim community in other parts of Uttar Pradesh staged protests demanding action against the zealot.
“Mere arresting him is not going to solve any problem. It has become routine for some anti-Islamic elements to hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the globe. If he is not booked and caged, we will come on roads on daily basis,” Syed Waris Shah Bukhari who was accompanied by Islamic clerics under the banner of Rabita A'ima Masajid Jammu Kashmir assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar to demand stern punishment against Hindu Mahasabha president.
Leading the protest organised by Bhiwandi Raza Academy, Mohammad Yusuf Raza Qadri accused the BJP government of protecting the Hindu Mahasabha and other Hindu extremist leaders and organisations.
In a demand note submitted to the government the Bhiwandi Raza Academy demanded stern action against Kamlesh Tiwari for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims, inciting riot, disturbing communal harmony and for threatening the constitution of India.
Kamlesh Tiwari's blasphemous comments against Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) came a day after Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan made derogatory remarks against the RSS.
Meanwhile, Hindu groups in Uttar Pradesh have scheduled retaliatory protests against what they called as the “hooliganism” of the Deoband students. Demanding their arrest under the IPC, the local Bajrang Dal leader Vilas Tyagi said the State administration had remained “silent” when the students blocked the GT road.
A meeting was organised on Friday by the local Hindutva groups to chalk out a strategy after Mr. Tiwari's arrest.
“The SP government controlled administration allowed the irate madrasa mob to indulge in hooliganism. Why were the students allowed to raise slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi? The administration is helpless when it comes to Muslim hooliganism,” alleged the Hindutva leader.
In yet another development in the case, the Mahasabha on Friday released a public statement that Kamlesh Tiwari is not a member of their organization, and that the Mahasabha's name is being misused.
"Kamlesh Tiwari is not a member of Hindu Mahasabha and all of this a fabrication done by BJP, RSS and other saffron groups to tarnish the image of our party. They are using the name of our party to create tension in this area," said Ashok Sharma, national vice-president, Hindu Mahasabha, in a meeting called at the Sharda road office of the organization in Meerut.
Hindu Mahasabha further requested the state government to expose people who are creating tension in Western UP by taking the name of the Mahasabha.
"RSS and BJP have a history of conspiracy and this time they are conspiring against us. Tiwari doesn't hold any post in our party, in fact he is not even a member", Abhishek Agarwal, district president, said.