Security around the famed Islamic seminary in Lucknow, the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, is likely to be tightened following the meeting between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the Rector of Nadwa, Maulana Rabey Hasni Nadwi, on Sunday. Maulana Rabey is also the president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
The Chief Minister visited the seminary on Sunday after Maulana Rabey Hasni and the Nadwa authorities expressed security concerns following an incident in which a crude bomb was hurled at the Nadwa entrance gate on Friday night. Though nobody was hurt, the incident, which the police said was the handiwork of antisocial elements, raised security concerns at the seminary.
While the Nadwa authorities kept mum on the meeting’s outcome, sources said Mr. Yadav had assured the AIMPLB president that security around the institution would be tightened. A police outpost equipped with a CCTV camera is proposed to be set up on the road opposite the seminary’s entrance gate, sources said. Mr. Yadav was in Nadwa for about 30 minutes. He was accompanied by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ahmed Hasan and senior Government officials.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Nirmal Khatri also met Maulana Hasni and the principal of Nadwatul Ulema, Maulana Saeedur Rahman Azmi. Condemning the incident, he said some divisive forces were trying to disturb communal harmony. Meanwhile, a resolution adopted at the meeting of the UPCC Minorities Department, held here on Sunday, condemned the attack at Nadwa and demanded a high-level inquiry.