Shia group stopped from flying to Iraq

Cleric Jawwad among ‘aid’ workers ‘illegally’ detained at IGIA.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2014 1:26 am
The group, headed by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, was to fly to Iraq. The group, headed by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, was to fly to Iraq.

A six-member delegation of the Anjuman-e-Haideri, the body that governs the Jorbagh Karbala, was allegedly detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday night and prevented from going to Iraq.

The group, headed by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, was to fly to Iraq to “help fight the terror of ISIS” by facilitating the movement of volunteers from India who would help with relief and rehabilitation as well as the security of shrines under threat. Members of the delegation, however, said they were detained at the airport and then at the IGIA police station for more than two hours and told they had been stopped on the basis of “look out circulars” issued by the Intelligence Bureau.

Mehmood Pracha, legal advisor to the Anjuman, said the circular was illegal. “The look out circulars issued against our outfit’s delegates are illegal and so is the forcible detention of delegates by Delhi Police. Such a notice is issued against fugitives from the law. We will move court against these acts,” Pracha said.

“Our travel plans were shared with the MEA and home ministry and there are official documents to prove this. This shows they only intended to stop us from travelling to Iraq or they should have arrested the delegates,” he said.

Jawwad said they were only going to serve humanitarian needs and the Iraqi government had in fact thanked them for their efforts. “Volunteers had offered to donate blood for the victims, offer medical and other professional help for rehabilitation of internally displaced persons in Iraq because of the tyranny of the ISIS. The government stopping us sends an incorrect message,” he said.

Jawwad, who has so far spoken in favour of the Narendra Modi government, also threatened to stop his support if the matter was not resolved. “We want to give this government a chance, but we may take back our support if they don’t address this matter. And before an Assembly election, that will be harmful to them,” he said.

Delhi Police and the airport authorities remained unavailable for comment.

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  1. K
    Nov 25, 2014 at 7:28 am
    Hope it does not amount to export of terror from India.
    1. Mahender Goriganti
      Nov 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
      It is true, they may have good intent, how do the law enforcement agencies know?? They have to be in lookout, and act even without such circular with in their duty. No guarantee that it is not cover. If they want to social work there is plenty in India, fist take care of your mother India. Enough of black mail by all Muslim groups, against majority, but all are together and Muslims against Hindus and Indiavoking sectarianism in India as they please and criticize the same as they please has become a norm. I am yet here a Muslim leader of prominence doing a social pork of strongly condemning against the ISIS or Al quad ha in India or propagating the virtue of peace for their own good in Muslim youth.
      1. Mahender Goriganti
        Nov 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
        There are more than enough Shia s is Iraq to take care of themselves especially in Karbala area, no need for these suspects going there, they can be more useful to tech right things to their youth in India and any body neglected to do so should be charged with child abuse and neglect by the parents and the preachers
        1. V
          Nov 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm
          If thèse people are captured by ISIS while helping others in Iraq, it will give more headaches to the Indian govt. because it is the responsibility of Indian govt to protect its citizens. Maybe that is why they were prevented from leaving for Iraq.
          1. S
            subodh maheshwari
            Nov 25, 2014 at 8:49 am
            Why these people have to go to Iraq to fight terror. In India itself there are ISI backed anti nationals, fanatics, and terrorists network in Kashmir, West Bengal, UP, and other states of India. The Anjuman-e-Haideri should start their fight against these demons in India, and their such action will receive positive response from fellow Indians, and also other muslim organizations and literates will follow them.the Anjuman-e-Haideri,the Anjuman-e-Haideri,
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