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Gujarat ATS & Delhi Police Arrest Hyderabad Cleric

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Gujarat ATS and Delhi police special cell arrested senior leader of Jamaitul Ulema Hind (JUH), Maulana Mohammed Abdul Qavi at Delhi airport on Sunday evening.

Maulana Qavi, Rector of Madrasa Ashraful Uloom Hyderabad, had been arrested in a joint operation by the two agencies when he along with his student landed in Delhi at 8.00pm from Hyderabad. He was scheduled to attend a meeting of JUH seminaries in Deoband.

Whereabouts of Maulana Qavi is yet unknown, but the student has been reportedly let off by the agencies after taking identification proof from him.

The family of Maulana Qavi is yet not received any official information from any security agency, TwoCircles.net reported, adding that Maulana’s sympathizers have already started visiting his Akbar Bagh madrasa residence to counsel the family.

Being a renowned theologian with many books on Islamic fiqh to his credit, Maulana Qavi has immense clout in the religious circles of Hyderabad in addition to close relations with many bigwigs of Tablighi Jamaat.

Expressing its anguish over the arrest of Moulana Abdul Qavi, Hyderabad’s Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) said this arrest is enough to show that life and liberty of Muslims is at stake.

“It is highly condemnable act that such a high stature Muslim intellectual and scholar is being targeted and arrested in the most humiliated manner. There are no proper words to condemn this shameful act of Indian government,” noted CLMC.

“Civil Liberties hold government of India responsible for such a heinous act because it has taken place in the capital city of India under the nose of Sonia Gandhi.

“The law and order of Delhi is under the control of central government and Sonia Gandhi’s right hand Susheel Kumar Shinde, who is the home minister of India, has directly supervised Delhi police special cell and Intelligence Bureau.”

Earlier, Maulana Qavi was chargesheeted in DCB I-CR No. 6 of 2003 (ISI Greater Conspiracy Case) in which dozens of Muslims were arrested under POTA from Hyderabad for alleged conspiracy to assassinate Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi, VHP leader Praveen Togadia, and then Home Minister L.K. Advani. In that “proxy” case of Gujarat police, almost everyone who was accused and arrested including Maulana Naseeruddin of Hyderabad were acquitted by the court.

Update:

Today evening Gujarat ATS and Delhi police presented Maulana Qavi before a local POTA court in Bhadra, Gujarat, where Ahmedabad District Crime Branch requested the court seeking Maulana’s remand in its custody for 21 days. In its remand application, the Crime Branch cited many reasons including: ‘To find out more about the terror network’; ‘He sent several youngsters to Pakistan camps for terror training’; and ‘Took part in proxy war against India with the help of ISI’.

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