Police have registered a case against former minister and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi in Kotwali police station on Thursday on charges of encouraging destructive activities and hurting sentiments of people for his remarks condoning Wednesday’s attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Police swung into action immediately after Qureshi on Thursday announced that he was willing to pay a Rs 51 crore reward to those behind Wednesday’s attack. “Whoever dares show disrespect for Prophet will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo,” Qureshi said on Thursday. “Rasul ke ashiq unhe saja de dete hai (followers of Prophet punish them),” he said, reacting to Islamic clerics’ views that the religion had no place for violence. “I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward,” he added.
The former MLA came into limelight in 2006 after he announced a reward of `51 crore in a public rally for the head of the Danish cartoonist who made sketches of Prophet Mohammad.
“We have registered a case against him under section 505 of IPC in Kotwali police station”, said SP (City) Om Prakash Singh. ADGP (law and order) Mukul Goel said, “We can initiate action against him after examining his statement.”
Parties across the political spectrum on Thursday criticised Qureshi for his remarks. “It is absolutely shocking to hear what Qureshi said. The strongest of actions should be taken by BSP and the UP government should act in accordance to law and arrest Qureshi for creating this kind of image of India worldwide,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
“We don’t agree with this statement. Islam doesn’t permit violence. What happened in Paris is highly condemnable,” said Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar.