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Friday February 03, 2012 12:25:16 PM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: Barely two days before Eid-e-Miladun Nabi, distribution of a religious pamphlet Wednesday night resulted in a clash between two Muslim groups of different sects in Malegaon. The police have arrested three persons on charges of provocation of religious sentiments even as further investigation into the case is still on.

“We have arrested three persons Thursday evening under section 295 for provocation of religious sentiments. They are accused of writing, printing and distributing pamphlets that hurt the sentiments of the other sect”, Dy Superintendent of Police Yogesh Chavan said to


The accused would be presented in the Malegaon court today.

According to the FIR filed at Malegaon City Police Station, police has arrested Mufti Asif Nadavi, Irfan Ahmed and Iqbal Ahmed Siddiqui – all residents of Malegaon on Thursday evening. The arrests were made following the complaint against them was filed by Qari Zainulabdeen of All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema, Malegaon. The complainant accused them of distributing pamphlets which allegedly hurt his religious sentiments.

While Mufti Asif Nadavi is accused of writing the said pamphlet, Irfan Ahmed has been accused of paying for the expenses. The third accused Iqbal Ahmed Siddiqui is the owner of the printing press.

Eyewitnesses informed that trouble began on Thursday at around 01:00 PM when following the distribution of some pamphlets in Malegaon on Wednesday night, a large number of people accompanied by All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema members led by its president Qari Zainulabdeen assembled at the Malegaon City Police Station and demanded the arrest of the people involved in the distribution of the pamphlets.


While the protesting mob assembled at the police station, a peace committee meeting called ahead of Eid Milad-un-Nabi to be celebrated on Sunday was also in progress. Interestingly, people belonging to all Muslim sects were present in the meeting and they were unaware of what was going on outside.

Mufti Shakeel who was present in the meeting while talking to said that he was called outside of the meeting hall where a large number of people were present. “On the first sight, they started manhandling me and demanded my arrest”, he said.

Mufti Shakeel, who is a peace committee member and corporator, was called outside of the meeting hall as his name has also been allegedly printed on the said pamphlet among those who acknowledged the expressed views.


He later confirmed to the police that his name was printed in the pamphlet without his consent. He however said that there was nothing provocative and controversial against anyone in the pamphlets.


Meanwhile, the situation in Malegaon is fully under control and the police has banned any kind of pamphlet distribution without prior permission.







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