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Agra’s religious leader, son booked for disrespecting national flag: Police

By PTI

Agra: An Agra religious leader and his son, a government teacher in a madrasa, have been booked for allegedly objecting to the hoisting of the national flag on Independence Day at an Islamic educational institution. The police gave this information on Wednesday.

The city mufti of Agra (city’s religious leader) Abdul Khubib Rumi and his son Hammadul Quddus, who is a UP government teacher for madrassas, were charged under the National Honor Act, 1971 of the Mantola police station for insulting the national flag and anthem. A case was registered under Prevention of Insults. SHO Vinod Kumar said.

The SHO said that the two have also been charged with prejudicial to national integration (Section 153B), statements causing public mischief (505) and public alarm (S 505 (1B) of the Indian Penal Code).

Kumar said the case was registered on Tuesday night on the complaint of Haji Aslam Qureshi, the president of the local Islamic organization.

The complaint was lodged after an audio clip of a father-son duo objecting to hoisting the tricolor and singing the national anthem inside the madrasa during Independence Day celebrations went viral on social media, he said.

Both had objected to holding the ceremony inside the madrasa inside the Jama Masjid of Agra, which was termed by the city mufti as an un-Islamic act. This would invite the wrath of God. .

The Independence Day celebrations were presided over by BJP leader Ashfaq Saifi, Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission.

Saifi said, “I was invited by the manager of the madrasa, Munawwar Khan Hussain, to hoist the flag and address the students on the occasion. So, I participated and hoisted the flag. The national anthem was sung and I also addressed the students.”

“After the incident, I came to know about the audio clip which was purportedly of Shahar Mufti declaring flag hoisting inside the madrasa as un-Islamic,” he said.

“The city mufti should have apologized to the nation and took back his statement,” he said.

The city mufti did not respond to calls from PTI.

National Vice President of All India Jamiat-ul-Qureshi, Haji Jameeluddin Qureshi, supported the Mufti, saying that his motive was not to disrespect the national flag.

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