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Toons: Muslim ire refuses to die down

MUSLIM anger at the publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in Danish and European newspapers shows no sign of abating. On Saturday, thousands of Muslims, carrying placards and raising anti-US and anti-Denmark slogans, marched to the Vidhan Bhawan to register their protest on the issue. The demonstration, which began around 11 am threw the traffic on the Vidhan Sabha Marg out of gear. Shop owners belonging to the minority community put up their shutters in Old City to express their solidarity on the issue.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 01:19 IST

MUSLIM anger at the publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in Danish and European newspapers shows no sign of abating. On Saturday, thousands of Muslims, carrying placards and raising anti-US and anti-Denmark slogans, marched to the Vidhan Bhawan to register their protest on the issue.

The demonstration, which began around 11 am threw the traffic on the Vidhan Sabha Marg out of gear. Shop owners belonging to the minority community put up their shutters in Old City to express their solidarity on the issue. The protestors comprising activists of various Muslim organisations, like the Sunni Youth Federation and Jamat-e-Islami, gathered in front of the Vidhan Bhawan where a public meeting was addressed by several clerics. They (clerics) condemned the ‘blasphemous’ act and warned that the peace-loving Muslims would not rest in the event of such provocations, which have hurt the religious sentiments of the community worldwide. Several religious leaders, including Naib Imam of Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rasheed, Maulana Mushtaq Nadvi, Maulana Abdul Aleem and Maulana Jehangir Qasmi, addressed the protest meeting. The Naib Imam demanded an apology from the Danish authorities failing which he suggested that their embassy in India be closed.

Maulana Qasmi recalled how Iran Government had issued a ‘fatwa’ (religious decree) against Salman Rushdie, who too, had hurt Muslim religious sentiments and suggested a similar stand on the recent blasphemy.