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AIMPLB flays UP police of maligning image of renowned Muslim organisation

The board said the UP police had mischievously prepared a report to damage the reputation of the organisation, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 23:48 IST

All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday blasted the UP police for maligning the image of renowned Imarate Sharia in Fulwari Shareef in Bihar.

The board said the UP police had mischievously prepared a report to damage the reputation of the organisation.

The UP police at the officers' conference during police week, which concluded on Sunday, presented a report "scenario of terrorism in India". The document in possession of Hindustan Times was prepared by additional director general (Railways) VK Bhalla, who is close to the present dispensation.

While discussing"Shramjeevi Blast 2005", the officer said "Imarate Sharia-an organisation is active in Fulwari Sharif, whose dictate prevails among hardline Muslims in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Bangladesh".

The report further said activists of ISI, Lashkare Taiyyaba, SIMI, HUJI from Pakistan and Bangladesh keep visiting Fulwari Sharif via Bangladesh. The report also noted that terrorists had been working in the "garb of SIMI and other Muslim fundamentalist organisations"

Condemning the report the AIMPLB general secretary and chief of Imarate Sharia Maulana Nizamuddin told Hindustan Times that it was the conspiracy of UP police to smear the image of an organisation, which had been rendering welfare services for the last 80 years. He said it was table draft by the some UP police officers who had been desperately trying to dub the entire community as terrorists.

Nizamuddin said he would take up the issue at the next meeting of AIMPLB. He said Imarate Sharia had a historical role in independence and it was unfortunate that UP police had been making efforts to spoil its reputation. He said the Muslims would not tolerate such a behaviour of the UP police. He said the comment in the report amply indicated "communal approach" of the officer who had prepared the document.

He said there were desperate moves to create trouble in the community by such reports. He also refuted the charge of Bhalla that it was a hardliners' organisation.

Expressing anguish over the issue, Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said it was unfortunate that a senior police officer had leveled such a baseless allegation against the institution.

He said it was a conspiracy of UP police against Muslims. Rashid also demanded an "apology" from the officer. He said the officer had insulted the entire Muslim community. The AIMPLB spokesman Qasim Rasool Ilyas said "communal elements in UP police" had been painting the community in black hues. He said the institution had no influence in Bangladesh.

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First Published: Nov 26, 2006 23:48 IST