Furfura Sharif cleric and Indian Secular Front (ISF) founder Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui stoked controversy by saying those who placed Quran in Durga Puja pandal in Bangladesh should be “beheaded”.
In the video, Abbas Siddiqui could be seen speaking in Bangla that “throats should be slit” of those who placed Quran near the feet of a deity at a Durga Puja pandal in Bangladesh. Siddiqui made this statement during a religious program in North 24 Parganas on Friday.
Abbas Siddiqui could also be seen saying in Bengali that Muslim youth are doing wrong by attending Durga Puja. “I remember that a few years ago, a theme of Durga Puja pandal, Kaaba was also made. If Kaaba is liked so much then why don’t you embrace Islam,” he said in the video.
Earlier this week, three people were killed in an attack on a Durga Puja pandal near Nanuar Dighi lake in Bangladesh’s Comilla. Violence was also reported near temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali and Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua.
As soon as the video went viral on social media, Abbas Siddiqui released a video on Facebook and demanded an inquiry into the matter of someone allegedly placing a copy of the Quran at a Durga Puja pandal in Bangladesh. He also demanded strict punishment for those who attacked the pandals.
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His brother Mohammad Nawsad Siddique, who is the only MLA from Indian Secular Front in the West Bengal Assembly, wrote to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a probe into the incident of placing Quran in Durga Puja pandal. He also urged the Bangladeshi PM to take stern action against perpetrators of crimes against minorities.
BJP demands arrest of Abbas Siddiqui
Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded the arrest of Abbas Siddiqui over his remark. BJP MP Rahul Sinha said that Abbas Siddiqui is trying to disturb the communal atmosphere in the state and appealed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to order the arrest of Siddiqui.
Trinamool Congress TMC leader Kunal Ghosh took a dig at the Left leaders, asking them why they were not condemning Siddiqui’s statement.
Abbas Siddiqui’s party ISF had contested the last election in alliance with the Left Front and Congress.
Temple attack: ISKCON seeks PM Modi’s intervention in Bangladesh
ISKCON has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention over the
Radharaman Das, Vice President of ISKCON, Kolkata, urged Prime Minister Modi to hold talks with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to end the “cycle of violence”.
“Cycle of violence in Bangladesh in past few days hasn’t stopped. There was dance of death inside ISKCON temple on Friday. ISKCON will continue to protest outside Bangladesh High Commissions across the world until the guilty are punished,” he said.
A devotee was killed and four others were injured in the attack on ISKCON temple in Bangladesh’s Noakhali on Friday.
(With inputs by Geeta Mohan)
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