Adequate security in place for Pak prof’s programme: State
Dated: 16 March 2012
Express news service : Mumbai, Fri Mar 16 2012, 00:45 hrs
The state government on Thursday assured the Bombay High Court that there would
be no riot-like situation in Mumbai during a programme to be conducted by Pakistani
Islamic scholar Tahir-Ul-Qadri.
Qadri was scheduled to deliver a speech on Thursday and March 17 at the Birla
Auditorium at New Marine Lines.
Public Prosecutor P A Pol said, “The requisite permissions have been given to
the organisers and notices under Section 149 of the Bombay Police Act have been
issued to them and also to Raza Academy (petitioners in the case) to ensure that
no untoward incident happens. The highest authority is monitoring the lecture and
no law and order situation would arise.”
Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said the people of the city have become wiser
over the years. The peace maintained after the Ayodhya verdict was an indication
of that, the court said.
Minhaj-ul-Quran, the organisation hosting Qadri also assured the court that the
speech would not be anti-India in its content, and that they would try to submit
transcripts of the speech to the court by Friday.
The court was hearing a petition filed by the Raza Academy, a social and religious
group of Muslims, seeking direction to the police to prohibit Qadri from entering
Mumbai. They had apprehended that the speech may be communally sensitive and might
lead to law and order problems.
“All the contentions raised by the petitioners have been duly considered before
giving the permission,” Pol told the court.
Source : http://www.indianexpress.com/news/adequate-security-in-place-for-pak-profs-programme-state/924376/
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