Updated: August 9, 2016 5:32:30 am
A prominent cleric in Muzaffarnagar has urged the administration to enhance his security cover claiming that slain NIA Deputy Superintendent Tanzeel Ahmed had given a contract to a gangster to kill him. The cleric, Maulana Nazeer Ahmed Qasmi, however feigned ignorance about the exact motive behind the conspiracy to murder him.
Qasmi (75) currently enjoys ‘X’ Category security provided to him by the Uttar Pradesh government.
“I have requested SSP, Muzaffarnagar, to enhance my security because I have to go to different places to attend religious discourse. I came to know about the threat through media, which stated that Tanzeel wanted to get me killed. So far, no government official has informed me in this regard,” said Qasmi.
The Indian Express had reported on Friday that Muneer, the key accused in Tanzeel murder case, had told Bijnor police during interrogation that the NIA officer had asked him to kill a Muslim cleric in Muzaffarnagar. The police had not revealed the name of the cleric.
Qasmi’s eldest son Maulana Mohammad Luqman, who met SSP Deepak Kumar on Sunday, claimed it was his father for whom the contract was given. Qasmi too talked to the SSP on phone.
Bijnor police, meanwhile, again refused to share the name of the cleric saying that they need to corroborate the information.
A resident of Jansath town in Muzaffarnagar, Qasmi was initially given ‘Y’ Category security by state government following threat perception after the 2013 riots. Security was provided to him soon after he had met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. It was only two months ago that his security was downgraded to ‘X’ category.
“I could not understand why Tanzeel wanted to kill me. I never met him,” said Qasmi, who runs a madrasa, ‘Taleemul Quran’, in Jansath.
Qasmi’s house is located five kilometres away from Kawal village where three youths including two Hindus and a Muslim were killed in 2013 leading to the riots in Muzaffarnagar.
Qasmi’s son said they had reasons to believe that his father’s life is at risk. “Last month, we received a letter through post issuing life threats to my father and also to damage the madrasa. Another incident occurred last year when my father’s vehicle was attacked by a mob in Ghaziabad and he had a narrow escape. Both the incidents were reported to the police,” Luqman said.
“I have told everything to SSP and he has promised to look into the matter and provide all possible help. I requested him to inquire into the Muneer’s revelation and enhance security of my father,” he added.
Contacted, the SSP confirmed to have spoken to Qasmi and his son. He, however, said that Bijnor police have not shared any such information so far about threat to Qasmi.
Meanwhile, Bijnor police Monday obtained one-day police custody remand of Muneer in connection with a case of Rs 91-lakh robbery that had taken place in Dhampur area of the district on December 28, last year.
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