STAFF of the Masajid Committee created a ruckus at the committee office and allegedly misbehaved with committee secretary Syed Waseemuddin over the singing of Vande Mataram here on Thursday.
Furniture of the office was also smashed and the secretary was reportedly manhandled after he asked employees of the office to recite Vande Mataram.
Employees of the Masajid Committee were unwilling to sing Vande Mataram and when they were asked by Waseemuddin to do so at Waqf Board office, they went on a rampage, sources said.
Waseemuddin somehow slipped away from the spot to save himself. Although he approached the police, no case was registered in this regard.
Talking to Hindustan Times he said that it was apparently at the behest of some Ulema who had instigated citizens and issued statements against recital of Vande Mataram. “I left the office soon after and informed the Minister for Minorities’ Affairs Rustam Singh, who has asked me to make a formal complaint with the police.”
The Masajid Committee looks after mosques in Bhopal, Sehore and Raisen districts. It gets an annual grant from the State Government as part of the Madhya Pradesh Government’s pact with the erstwhile Nawab of the princely State of Bhopal at the time of merger.
Meanwhile, sources said some employees of the Committee were unhappy with Waseemuddin’s working style and the latest controversy was godsend for them to settle scores.
“It was optional for all that is why Ulema and most of the employees had initially refused to recite the song but today when I asked the rest of the employees to come along they turned against me,” the secretary further said though he denied that he was roughed up.
CSP (City Superintendent of Police) Shahjehanabad circle Ajay Pandey said no complaint has reached them as yet. “We have sent officials to ascertain the facts after we got the reports of incident but no written or oral complaint has come to us,” he added.
Unaffiliated madarsas abstain
Madarsas not affiliated with the Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board did not have any mass rendition of Vande Mataram. Jamia Islamia Arabia that runs a chain of 450 madarsas across the State did not hold any such programme. “We have 150 madarsas in Bhopal and nowhere Vande Mataram was sung,” said Noorullah Yusuf Zai, spokesman of the Jamiat Ulama.
“It was not binding on us and also the song is in conflict with our beliefs that is why it was not sung anywhere in our madarsas,” said Yusuf Zai.
The employees of Masajid Committee alleged that Waseemuddin had misbehaved with Ulema. “None of the staff members created ruckus rather the secretary himself threw out things”, said an employee on conditions of anonymity. “He had earlier threatened that he would sack those who were not willing to recite the song”, added the employee.