Book on Islam triggers row in Bihar

January 14th, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) A bookseller in this Bihar capital was arrested and the publisher was detained after an Urdu book allegedly made objectionable references to Islam, officials said Wednesday. They had received a complaint last week.The chief cleric of Jama Masjid in Munger district, Maulana Kari Abdullah Bukhari, had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about the book and demanded immediate action.

Kumar directed Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah, the state minority commission chairman Naushad Ahmad and Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar to look into the matter.

Based on a complaint filed by Bukhari, the police arrested the bookseller and detained and interrogated the publisher of the book Nilofer Yasin, who is the wife of the author of the book, Mohammed Yasin Ahmad.

“A bookseller Sarfaraz was arrested and sent to jail and Nilofer was interrogated. Police are likely to arrest her husband Ahmad soon,” Patna Superintendent of Police Anwar Hussain said.

He said that all of them have been charged with hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community.

“The complainant told the police that there are objectionable references to Islam in the book,” Hussain said.

Ahmad’s book “Islami Surah Ya Beimani Ka Panchnama” raised eyebrows among a section of the Muslim community, particularly clerics.

The 154-page book questioned ten tenets of Islam and the functioning of the Khalifas as well.

The police are on the lookout for Ahmad.

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