[Huzaifa Vastanvi of Jamia Isha'tul Uloom Akkalkuwa led a protest march against Kamlesh Tiwari on Friday December 11, 2015. (Photo: ummid.com)]
Mumbai/Lucknow/Bengaluru: The protests by different Muslim organisations in India against Hindu Mahasabha Uttar Pradesh unit chief Kamlesh Tiwari's blasphemous and derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) continue unabated, reaching other parts of country from North to South on Sunday.
Protest rallies were held in Hyderabad on Sunday, with Muslims demanding death for Kamlesh Tiwari for the blasphemous comments he made against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Protests rallies led by various Muslim organisations were also held in Bengaluru, Rajasthan, Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on December 11 after the Friday prayers.
The protest rallies held in different parts of the country are said to be totally peaceful and no untoward incident has been reported from any part. But, the Rajsthan police detained eight persons on Saturday for allegedly raising slogans in support of the Daesh or Islamic State (IS) during a rally in Tonk district’s Malpura area on Friday.
The Muslims who were part of the protest however refuted the police claims and denied raising 'pro-IS' or anti-national slogans during the rally.
"The protesters were totally peaceful and they were on their way to district magistrate office to handover memorandum. No one raised any controversial or anti-national slogan as claimed by the police", said All India Milli Council Spokesperson Rajasthan Advocate Mujahid Naqvi.
The Muslim protesters also alleged that the Rajasthan government is giving their protest 'anti-national' color for political reasons and to gain benefits in the upcoming local elections in the state.
Muslims started protesting against Kamlesh Tiwari first in Deoband, Muzaffarnagar and other cities and towns of Uttar Pradesh on December 02/03 after the controversial Hindu Sabha leader made derogatory and blasphemous coments against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in response to comments made by UP minister Azam Khan against the RSS and other Hindutva leaders.
Voices of concerns and protests against Kamlesh Tiwari were also raised by Deoband Rector Abul Qasim Nomani, Nadwa-ul-Ulema Lucknow head Syed Rabey Hasan Nadvi and other leading Muslim organisations in India.
Following the protests and complaints lodged with the police, Kamlesh Tiwari was arrested, and booked under different sections of the IPC and NSA. After his arrest, Hindu Maha Sabha also issued a statement saying Kamlesh Tiwari is not a member of the organisation. The Sabha alleged that Tiwari is in fact an agent of BJP and RSS, accusing the two parties of hatching a conspiracy to defame the Sangh.