Bareilly tense after release of Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan sab

Violence erupted again in the riot hit Bareilly town in Uttar Pradesh on Friday as the riotous mob clashed with the police in Sanjay Nagar and Subhash Nagar areas of the city.

About a dozen persons were injured in the incidents of violence and arson. Among the injured are the SP (city) of Bareilly, Rakesh Jolly and about five other policemen.

Ten persons were arrested on Friday, even as 267 persons had been rounded up earlier.

Bareilly has been reeling under the impact of communal violence since the last 11 days but the district administration and the police have failed to curb the violent incidents. Indefinite curfew continued in four police station areas of Kotwali, Prem Nagar, Baradari and Qila.

The ADG (Law and Order), Brij Lal told reporters here that additional force has been rushed to Bareilly with a PAC Commandant, Jyoti Narain, four additional SPs and four deputy SPs being sent to assist the police officials. Mr. Lal said violence erupted in Subhash Nagar and Sanjay Nagar areas of the town in the afternoon. He said seven vehicles and about half a dozen roadside shops were set a ablaze by a mob, which also subjected the police force to heavy brickbatting.

Mr. Lal said the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disburse the mob. About half a dozen persons were injured in police firing, the ADG said.

Violence had erupted late Thursday night when a riotous mob ran amok in Katra Chand Khan, Qutub Shah Ki Baraat and Bareilly College Gate areas indulging in violence and arson. It is said that Thursday night’s violence was triggered off by the release of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council leader, Maulana Tauqeer Reza Khan. The Maulana was released reportedly at the behest of a senior minister of the Mayawati regime keeping in view the possibility of the Muslims boycotting the Bahujan Samaj Party rally in Lucknow on March 15.

Following reports that the Ram Baraat procession on Friday had been cancelled by the district administration, the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bareilly, former MP, Santosh Kumar Gangwar and others staged a dharna at the DM’s residence at around 1 AM on Thursday night. The dharna was called off late in the night.

Mr. Lal said the Ram Baraat procession was voluntary called off by the organisers in view of the tense communal situation. He added that the situation after Friday’s violence was under control.

Meanwhile, the State Government on Thursday transferred the DIG, Bareilly Range, MK Bashal and replaced him with Rajeev Sabbarwal. The District Magistrate, Ashish Goyal was also moved. Anil Garg ha



    • He was arrested bcoz he said derogatory words in the shan of Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz and on Aulia -e-Kiram in General.The words were so much insulting that cant be mentioned.

      You may take them from any person from Mumbai..if he may have that clip.

      but his arrest was totallu correct and he must be punished

  1. While assessing the communal flare in Bareilly, we need to explore the great Deobandi-Barelwi divide, aided and abetted by the religio-political ambitions of that the holy men of these two sect nurse. Historically, the bitter rift between Deobandis and Barelwis dates back to the 19th century, when, Ahmed Raza Khan (also called Aala Hazrat or Fazil-e-Barelwi), a product religious scholar of repute and founder of Barelwi School, parted ways on theological line that was different from Deoband. Having established his dargah (hospice) at Bareilly, Ahmed Raza Khan propagated Barelwi thought and called himself and his followers “True Sunnis”, and described Deobandis as “Wahhabis”, while Deobandis called the belief of Ahmed Raza Khan and his followers ‘Biddat’ (innovative practice in Islam). The enmity grew so intense in the first half of the 20th century that in countless “Munazra” (religious debate) between the two sects ended in fierce antagonism, abuses and even throwing of holy books including Quran.
    The intensity of antagonism can be experienced throughout the northern India, even in villages followers of each school don’t see eye to eye. While Barelwis revere ‘Milad’ as sacred Islamic belief, Deobandis ridiculed it as the imitation of non-believers. In my village in Gaya district of Bihar, a mosque has to be constructed because as to who will control it – Deobandis or Barelwis. That is the crux of the matter. The tussle between Barelwis and Deobandis has much to do with the dominance of mosques since the latter’s ideology has been on the rise in recent decades due to which the former feel threatened. So, in a few mosques in Sasaram and Mumbai, it is clearly written in bold: “Tablighis, Deobandis, Ahle Hadis, Jamat-e-Islami, Kafirs are not allowed”. Just a few months ago, in a meeting of prominent Barelwis, Tauqeer Raza gave a call to all Barelwi Muslims to ‘liberate’ their mosques and madrasas from the clutches of the Deobandis. Within Bareilly itself, mosques have become the sites of an ideological battle with the Barelwis accusing Deobandis of usurping their mosques.
    Unlike Hindu-Muslim conflict, Bareilly has witnessed Barelwi-Deobandi riots on several occasions in the past. Over the years, the level of conflict has worsened. Each regards the other as non-believers or kafirs. Mosques in Bareilly, and now in many other towns and cities, carry a signboard announcing that it is a Barelwi mosque and non-Barelwis cannot pray there. If missionaries of the Tablighi Jamat ever use the mosque to propagate their ideology, the mosque is washed and cleansed. Having hold over illiterate Muslims and to stop the advancement of Deobandis, the Barelwis have been working hard to regain control over mosques, which are slipping away from their hands. To Barelwis, among Indian Muslims though Deobandis are the numerical minority, they enjoy disproportionate power and prestige. With visible threat and with more and more Muslims becoming Deobandis, Barelwi maulanas face the danger of losing the patronage of vast Muslims across the country that would make the Barelwi leadership obsolete.
    The whole idea of being a Barelwi is to oppose Deobandis, Tablighis, Ahle Hadis, Jamat-e-Islami, etc. So, anything that Deobandis or Jamat-e-Islamisists do, Barelwis oppose it outright. For example, rejecting the formation of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Tauqeer Raza Khan formed a new board called AIMPLB Jadeed (modern) under his leadership, albeit there was hardly anything modern about this Board since it was as ridden with factionalism as the AIMPLB. Interestingly, he is the head of an organization called Ittehad-e-Millat (Council of Muslim Unity), although he has worked towards giving self-styled interpretation of Islam, and considers Deobandis and Ahle Hadis as being not Muslim enough and put them at par with Hindus. Thus Deobandis and the Ahle Hadis are not Muslim enough and it is not permissible for Muslims to pray behind imams (prayer leaders) of such denominations. Tauqeer Raza Khan is also infamous for offering a Rs five lakh reward to anyone who killed Taslima Nasreen. We can understand this is the way Tauqeer Raza Khan aims to create unity among Muslim!
    Deobandis are no less vehement in rejecting the idea of Barelwis. Less moderate while dealing with Barelwis, Deobandis have worked the least to create any rapprochement, in order for a unified Muslim body. Prominent Muslim bodies such as the AIMPLB are dominated by the Deobandis and various governments have courted them with an eye on the Muslim vote. In Bareilly, the Deobandis are much better organized and through their network or madrasas and movements such as the Tabligh Jamaat, they are winning over considerable sections of the Barelwis Muslims. With nearly 34% Muslims in the district and almost 40% in the city, it is the Barelwis, who are, and have traditionally been, the numerical majority. Deobandis and other reformist traditions within Indian Islam are a minority here although there numbers are growing. With a belief that they are the sole guardian of Sunni Islam in India, the Maulanas of Barelwi School are very aggressive in speeches and antagonistic in approaches when they deal with ulemas of Deobandi School and Jamat-e-Islami and vice verse. As per the traditional Islamic belief, the Juloos-e-Muhammadi procession is a religious innovation, and Deobandis consider it nothing but an exclusive affair of Barelwis to show strength of the community. In Bareilly, the Juloos was an expression of the power of the Barelwi leadership aimed at counter measure in the face of emerging threat from the Deobandis. However, when it transformed into a Hindu-Muslim conflict, Tauqeer Raza can now claim to be the custodian of all Muslims, something which he had wanted to be for a long time.
    Hindus entered the arena since they nurse grudge against Muslims because of whom BJP lost the last election to the Congress, which has been a traditional seat for the saffron party. Albeit the release of Tauqeer Raza assuaged hurt feelings of the Muslims, it provided an excuse for the Hindu organizations like the VHP and Bajrang Dal, that have deep roots in the city and their role in fomenting trouble, took to confrontation. The problem got murkier because soon after the trouble, the Congress, the BSP and the SP started wooing Tauqeer Raza that resulted in the polarization between Hindus and Muslims. However, the net gainer in this conflict would be Tauqeer Raza himself. Having an eye on controlling Bareilly and Barelwis, Tauqeer Raza’s insistence on a particular route for the Juloos-e-Muhhamadi can be seen as the well-calculated strategy to gain extra mileage in the Deobandi-Barelwi tussle. The Bareilly riots should not be seen as direct Hindu-Muslim conflict, but an expression of sectarian contest within the Muslim community itself. The price for such a religio-political ambition has been paid this time by the ordinary Muslims and Hindus of Bareilly.
    Among the myriad problems facing the Ummah such as islamization, terror tags, and communal riots, the Deobandi-Bareilwi conflict is far deeper, durable and dangerous. We must understand this.

  2. Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Saheb muslim ko ak naiya rasta dai na chatai hai par u.p. govt ko na janai kiu khal raha hi par insah allah tauqeer bhai ko allah kamyabe ata karai ga.

    • millat mai ak itthead dai kar jo kam hazrat tauqeer bhai nai muslim kai leyai kiya hai vo koi aur nahi kar sakta hai chai jitne party kiu na ban jai muslman samgho/

  3. dear shahnawaz ,assalamoalikum
    tumhe dekh kar kafi achha lga,ke tum badi mazbooti se abtak mso me lage ho,tum mubarak baad ke haqdar ho ALLaH tumhari koshishon ko qabul farmai.aameen.kher andesh …..dr m.mushtaq room no.90,s s hall south.amu (old addrss.)rashtriy mahasachiv ittehad-e-millat council of india(imc)bareilly

  4. who lives in Gaya, he writes wrong. Alahazrat imam Ahmad raza khan mujaddid deeno millat is great with all uloom. first come to bareilly, check every sentence from books who written by Alahazrat. every word used best. first you can read translation of the Quraan by Alahazrat in urdu or english called kanzul iman, then compare any other translatar. it is chalange you. (chalange only who understand Ala hazrat not great.) asghar khan.

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