Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking for withdrawal of his Z+ category security, claiming that neither the Delhi Police nor the Uttar Pradesh state police were “serious” about his security status.
Alluding to “lapses” over the last month, Madani who heads a faction of the influential Muslim socio-religious organisation, said that the security posse is unnecessary.
In his letter, Madani has cited the refusal of the Delhi Police to give him a bulletproof car while returning from Deoband, forcing him to return to Delhi after the end of the Ramzan month without security. He has claimed the Delhi Police told him it was the responsibility of the state police to provide the vehicle when a protected VIP comes back from a particular state. The UP police, on the other hand, did not provide the vehicle despite being approached.
Incidentally, Madani has over the years hovered on the fringe in the usual anti-Modi tirade of Muslim organisations. On one hand he had taken a favourable position on the status of Muslims in Gujarat and on the other he had taken a stringent stand against Narendra Modi in the Varanasi Lok Sabha polls.
After the new government took over, Madani had asked Jamiat office-bearers to tone down the anti-Modi rhetoric.
In his letter to Singh earlier this month, Madani said that the UP police has refused to recognise his upgraded security status.
Sources said the former Rajya Sabha MP is miffed at the Delhi Police’s refusal to provide a bullet proof vehicle which has never happened before. The Delhi Police, however, did provide him with the security paraphernelia when he travelled to Deoband at the beginning of Ramzan.
Sources close to Madani say when inquiries were made, it was reportedly found there is no rule preventing the Delhi Police from providing a bulletproof vehicle when a protected VIP is coming from a neighbouring state.
Madani has also written to the Delhi Police asking for “immediate” withdrawal of securitymen.