MP: Hindi daily comes under fire over Charlie Hebdo cover

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2015 18:12 IST

Security was deployed at an office of a vernacular daily here after the Muslim community protested its edition carrying the cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that caused furore in Paris, killing its editor and 12 staff members.

The Hindi daily reproduced the French magazine’s cover page on Thursday, showing a woman with the weekly’s copy in her hand.

As the news about the publication spread, about 500 Muslims gathered at Iqbal Maidan on Friday after the prayer and demanded action against the Hindi daily, and decided to stage a protest over the incident.

However, superintendent of police (North) Arvind Saxena and Shahar Qazi Syed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi intervened and tried to pacify the gathering.

The “upset” community had decided to stage a protest on Thursday itself, but Nadvi and the police administration had intervened and pacified them.

Saxena told the gathering that the police were looking into the incident and action shall be taken if any violation was found on part of the publication.

Patrolling in sensitive areas of the city particularly old city was intensified on Friday in view of apprehension of any violence on the issue.

Nadvi had condemned the French magazine for publishing the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad, but he also made an appeal to the Muslims that there was no room for violence in Islam.

“The French magazine has hurt the religious feelings of Muslims and the citizens have the right to protest in a democratic manner,” he said.

The Hindi daily published an appeal on Thursday, saying it “respected Islam as much as Muslims” and if the cartoon has “hurt anybody’s feelings then the management regretted it”.

Nadvi also said he had come to know about some people spreading messages on Whatsapp and through other social media regarding the magazine.

“No messages should be uploaded in social media without his permission. For any wrong message can affect the law and order situation,” said the Shahar Qazi.

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