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IUML wants Taslima be declared 'persona non grata'

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 15:04 IST
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The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Wednesday demanded that controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen be declared "persona non grata" and deported for allegedly defaming Islam.

IUML claimed it had lodged an FIR with the Kolkata police commissioner against Taslima for having "defamed" Islam, among other charges.

Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, however, denied having received any complaint or FIR from the IUML.

Alleging that Taslima, during her frequent visits to Kolkata often defamed Islam violating the freedom to practise religion, the IUML called for declaring Taslima persona non grata and sought her deportation.

"This is certainly a cognizable offence under provisions of law," IUML's West Bengal state Working President Shahanshah Jehangir said in a statement here.

Expressing apprehension that Taslima's stay in the metropolis might lead to breach of peace and communal harmony, Jehangir applealed the police commissioner to take action under appropriate sections of the IPC.

IUML's demand came a day after imam of the Tipu Sultan mosque here denied issuing a fatwa against Taslima.