Row over anti-prophet statement: Amid protests, Hindu outfit denounces remarks

ABHM, of which Tiwari claims to be the working president, issues statement saying ‘any disrespect to the Prophet is not appropriate’.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:December 14, 2015 5:06 am

 

PROTEST-759 Police lathicharge during a protest against Kamlesh Tiwari’s remarks, in Lucknow. Express

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) has distanced itself from self-proclaimed Hindutva activist Kamlesh Tiwari, whose alleged remarks against Prophet Muhammad led to massive countrywide protests by Muslims. Tiwari claims to be the working president of ABHM.

“Any disrespect to the Prophet is not appropriate. ABHM does not agree with Tiwari and it is his personal view. We respect all religions and their leaders. We are committed for Akhand Hindu Rashtra, Hindu, Hindi and Hindustan. We are a supporter of development of all communities,” said a written statement by Munna Kumar Sharma, who claims to be the national general secretary of the ABHM.

Angry over Tiwari’s alleged remarks, Muslims have held large protest rallies in Ludhiana, Indore, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Bhopal and other regions over the last few days. On Sunday, there were protests in Hyderabad and Lucknow, with protesters blocking the Lucknow-Hardoi road for hours.

In UP, protests have been held in at least a dozen districts so far. On Friday, large scale protests were held in Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Moradabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Farrukhabad, Lucknow and several other districts. At Deoband, students of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, too, joined the protests.

Earlier, on December 5, All India Muslim Personal Law Board President and Rector of Islamic Seminary Nadwatul Uloom, Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadwi, had written to CM Akhilesh Yadav asking him to formulate a policy for punishing those who issued statements against other religions.

Later, in his meeting with prominent Muslim clerics on December 9, the CM assured stern action against Tiwari. Subsequently, the Lucknow police invoked NSA against Tiwari on December 10.

In a sharp reaction to a reported attack on RSS members by the state’s minority welfare minister Azam Khan on November 29, Tiwari issued his statement that was widely circulated on the social media for at least two days. After the statement was reported in the Urdu media, it triggered the first massive protest in Saharanpur on December 2. Tiwari was arrested the same day, and continues to be in jail.

“We condemn his statement. He should not have given such a statement. He does not hold any post in the organisation and there is no need for giving him importance,” Munna Kumar Sharma told The Indian Express.

At a press conference in Lucknow on Friday, Tiwari’s supporters had claimed that he had issued the statement in reaction to Azam Khan’s comments against RSS leaders. Even Tiwari’s lawyer, Mahadev Singh, said that while his client had indeed issued the statement on November 30, “he did not mean” to comment on the Prophet.

Tiwari had announced temple for Godse

A native of Sitapur district, Tiwari is known for raking up controversial issues. He was arrested on January 22, soon after he announced a temple to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse in Sitapur. He was again arrested in August for announcing to perform Jalabhishek at Shringar Gauri temple in Varanasi, which is restricted for visitors, and for getting Gyanvapi Mosque removed from the Kashi Vishwanath temple area.

Earlier, Tiwari had also allegedly threatened journalists of a news channel in Lucknow while protesting against a show after Afzal Guru’s hanging. He had even reportedly demanded the beheading of actor Aamir Khan for calling India intolerant.

While the police denied his links with ABHM, the outfit admitted that Tiwari was a decade-old worker, adding that he held no official post.

“Earlier, he was state president and then the president of a committee. However, currently he does not hold any post,” said Nand Kishore Mishra, who claimed to be working president of ABHM’s protem committee.

He, however, added that since Tiwari was in a “crisis” and the organisation will help him.

“For this, we have sought time from UP Governor to apprise him about the situation,” he said.

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    Ram Yadav
    Dec 14, 2015 at 7:34 am
    This PIGS have no reason they look for small issue they start behaving like STREET DOGS shame on this religion I think they are mentally sick they need MENTAL DOCTORS asap entire world hates this religion still no lesson Muslims do 2 things very promptly 1. Producing baby's like pigs 2. Fight like street dogs for NO REASON what a shame if any one say he is Muslims it is shame where has we HINDUS Proud to be called HINDUS. Hindus spread all over the world NO ISSUES they integrate with local people and live peacefully where has Muslims (COW is COW where has PIG is PIG no comparision) Proud to be HIINDU
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      gkd allseethru1
      Dec 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm
      WHAT A STUPID COUNTRY INDIA IS WHERE THESE CORRUT FAKE HIS ARE CALLED LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH 😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳😈👺👹WHAT A STUPID COUNTRY INDIA IS WHERE THESE CORRUPT FAKE HIS ARE CALLED LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH 😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳😈👺👹
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      gkd allseethru1
      Dec 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm
      WHAT A STUPID COUNTRY INDIA IS WHERE THESE CORRUT FAKE HIS ARE CALLED LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH 😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳😈👺👹WHAT A STUPID COUNTRY INDIA IS WHERE THESE CORRUPT FAKE HIS ARE CALLED LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH 😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳🚶🏻🇮🇳🚶🏻🇮🇳🚶🏻🇮🇳🇮🇳
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        Hitendra Desai
        Dec 14, 2015 at 2:19 am
        Muslims breed like insects in order to increase their potion. AT the time of parion, The Muslim potion in India was less than 9%. Now it has grown to almost 15%. Hindus will be slaughtered by these Muslims in a few decade. The SICKulars in India are destroying the country for vote bank. Hindus were never united and unfortunately, I do not see any hope for the unity among Hindus. They have learned nothing from the history. I will not be surprise if India gets divided again in a few decades. Those who do not want to learn from history, can learn from current events around the world. Where ever Muslims migrate, they destroy the culture of that country and create trouble for the local people. Look at Europe for whats happening.
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          Indian
          Dec 15, 2015 at 12:20 am
          you or entire world has no guts to ban this authentic book. you are lier, writing your name Mohd?????????????????
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            Tallat mahmood
            Dec 14, 2015 at 8:20 am
            Ram yadav Saab don't spoil the name of ram by making comments like this, may God give you tolerance so you start loving his creations.
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              mumbai
              Dec 14, 2015 at 7:31 am
              This shows that desperation is increasing. Whatever you may be. you can not defeat God's plans. You can show your power but within seconds your power will be subdued by God. Time is nearing. So help yourself to understand the truth and follow the truthful way. If not you will be to loser not the truth.
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                Anil
                Dec 14, 2015 at 9:35 am
                really sad to see these fanatics are protesting in ludhiana also. People of punjab / haryana / himachal and Jammu , should get alert that if these people increased their number then they should be ready to face this nuinence on daily basis in coming years. Check their potion by any means or prepare your next generation to tackle these goonda elements. They are the one who wolud be benifited most from our pseudo secular parties ( wheather it is congress , akali , SP, BSP, AAP ) . Better to have new party , which would be honest in dealing these fanatic elments. people of pujab/haryana/himachal and jammu should encourage encourage and develop new party before these pseudo secular parties & goonda elements are able to develop and become part of vote bank equation by increasing and conentrating their potion. They should learn from their actions and behaviour world wide. Think for your next generation.
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