THE Lucknow police Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad, after students of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and other members of Muslim community staged a protest demanding action against the person, who claimed himself to be associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha.
SP, West, Ajay Kumar confirmed the arrest of the person, identified as one Kamlesh Tiwari. The SP told mediapersons that Tiwari had circulated a paper allegedly containing derogatory comments against Muslims.
The officer, however, denied Tiwari was associated with Hindu Mahasabha.
At Deoband, hundreds of Muslims staged protest against the alleged remarks. They were joined by students of Darul Uloom Deoband seminary.
Chairman, Municipal Board Deoband, Maviya Ali however controlled the situation keeping the protesters confined to Darul Uloom Chowk.
In the commotion, a loudspeaker fell on Ali’s head causing heavy bleeding. This sparked rumours among the protesters that Ali got hurt in stone-pelting but the matter was brought under control with prompt clarification.
“There were young students and I got hurt by a loudspeaker, there was no stone pelting. They were pacified after assurance that Tiwari has been arrested. Situation is normal here,” Ali told The Indian Express.