Bareilly cleric leads campaign to expel Taslima from India

A Muslim cleric from UP, who had filed a police complaint against Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, is now at the forefront of a campaign demanding that she be expelled from India for spreading "anti-Muslim feeling."

"We will start a campaign for expulsion of Taslima Nasreen. She is against our religion and has hurt our clerics," said Hasan Raza Khan alias Noori Miyan, son of the 'sajjadanasheen' of Bareilly's Aala Hazrat Dargah, Maulana Subhan Raza Khan.

He said the demand will be raised during the last day of annual Urs-e-Razwi of Imam Ahmed Raza, commonly known as Aala Hazrat, in Bareilly on Monday.

Noori was also felicitated by Raza Academy of Mumbai during the urs on Saturday for taking "the initiative to lodged the case against Taslima."

Noori had lodged the case with Bareilly Kotwali on December 4 against Taslima for using abusive language against Muftis and hurting the feelings of Muslims.

"We will collect signatures of nearly two lakh ulemas demanding expulsion of Taslima. Nearly 20 lakh people come during the urs celebrations and we will put forward our demand before them," he said.

Noori said Taslima is a foreigner who is "spoiling the atmosphere of our country by spreading anti Muslim feeling". "I don't see any point in Taslima being given asylum in our country. She should be immediately asked to leave," he added.

Earlier, Noori's uncle Tauqeer Raza Khan, the chief of Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC) had allegedly announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on Taslima's head if she remains in India.

Taslima had reacted after Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal had met Tauqeer Raza before Delhi Assembly elections soliciting his support.

After Taslima's reaction, Noori had lodged a police complaint against her.

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