As many as three FIRs have been lodged in as many police stations in Assam against Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, for making a statement amounting to “promoting enmity between communities” in the backdrop of updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.
Confirming this Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said the police were examining various evidences including the original audio and video recordings of a speech that Madani had reportedly made in a seminar in New Delhi on Monday, and ‘appropriate action’ would be taken once the allegations were proved true. “We are procuring the audio and video tapes of Madani’s allegedly inflammatory speech,” DGP Sahay said.
“The police have received three FIRs, two in two different police stations in Guwahati and one in Tezpur against some comments made by the Jamiat chief which allegedly amount to promoting enmity between communities. Moreover, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal too has asked me to take up the matter with urgency,” Assam Police director general Sahay said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Reports in several local newspaper and TV news channels here have quoted Jamiat chief Madani as saying that a conspiracy was hatched in Assam to take away the citizenship of Muslims and create another Myanmar. The Assam Tribune quoted Madani as saying, “A conspiracy is being hatched to take away the citizenship of the Muslims.” Madani had even warned that one community would retaliate in the event of their names being dropped from the NRC, the newspaper said.