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J&K scholar demands probe into mosque attack

The religious leader of the Barelvi school demanded an investigation to nail the criminals responsible.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 19:38 IST

Terming a grenade attack on him "an attack on religion", Islamic scholar Abdul Rashid Dawoodi on Sunday demanded a probe into the incident that killed five people and injured nearly 50 others in Pulwama district.

"I preach Islam and have nothing to do with politics. I feel it was not an attack on my life but on religion," Dawoodi, who was injured in the blast outside a mosque, told journalists at Bahrampora in Anantnag district.

Asking his followers to maintain calm, the religious leader of the Barelvi school of Islam demanded an investigation into the incident to bring those responsible to book.

Referring to police's claim that a person hired by the Hizbul Mujahideen was behind the attack, he said nothing can be said on this claim at the moment.

"Whosoever has done this heinous act should be dealt with according to the law of the land," said Dawoodi, who heads the Sout-ul-Awaliya religious organisation.

He said his organisation plans to stage a peaceful protest at Hanfia Eidgah in Anantnag on Friday after prayers to press the demand for a thorough probe into the attack.

First Published: Nov 12, 2006 19:38 IST