Former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairperson Wasim Rizvi reverted to Hinduism on Monday (December 6). Another Congress leader Feroze Khan has also offered a bounty of 50 lakh rupees for beheading Rizvi.
Congress leader Rashed Khan offered a bounty of 50 lakh rupees for whoever beheads former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairperson Wasim Rizvi, who reverted to Hinduism on Monday (December 6). Khan also offered all the legal help for one who beheads Rizvi. This came after another Congress leader from Hyderabad, Feroze Khan, also offered a bounty of 50 lakh rupees for beheading Rizvi.
On Tuesday (December 7), Khan reiterated his commitment of offering prize money, saying, “I stand by my words”. He is the secretary of the Telangana Congress.
Many Islamists and politicians have offered cash prizes and other incentives to behead Rizvi in the past.
The Congress leadership had taken no action against its leaders for offering cash prizes for beheading Rizvi.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh Imran Masood, threatened to cut to pieces then Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The Congress party did not take any action against Masood. On the contrary, he was rewarded with a Lok Sabha ticket.
Former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairperson Wasim Rizvi renunciates Islam on Monday (December 6). He converted to Hinduism at Devi Dasna Temple in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
In a video released Monday (December 6), Rizvi mentioned that his body must be handed over to his friend, Mahant Narsinghanand Saraswati of the Dasna temple, and he should light his pyre.
Before quitting Islam, Rizvi made many attempts to bring reform in the religion. This infuriated the Islamists, and prize money was declared for beheading him.
In January 2018, Rizvi wrote letters to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting them to abolish madrasas. He had said some madrasas act as breeding grounds for terrorists.
This infuriated Bareilly-based Islamist outfit All India Faizan-e-Madina Council (AIFMC) so much that it announced a bounty of Rs 10,00,786 and a free Haj trip for anyone who brings them Rizvi’s head.
“He (Wasim Rizvi) poses a danger and could ruin the communal harmony and social fabric of the country. We demand the state government to immediately terminate his services as Shia Waqf Board president. If he doesn’t apologise for his statement, our organisation will behead him and we will award the person responsible with a cash prize as well as a free Haj trip,” Moeen Siddiqui Noori, head of the AIFMC, had said.
In January last year, Rizvi had advocated a population control law, “Some people believe that childbirth is a natural process and should not be interfered with. To give birth to more children like animals is harmful to society and country. It will be good for the country if a law is implemented for population control.”
In March this year, Rizvi had filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting the court to remove 26 verses from the Quran, which he said promoted violence and terrorism. He had argued that these 26 verses were not there in the original Quran and were added later. The Supreme Court had dismissed his petition.
Earlier, he had released a Quran without these 26 verses. He had also requested the government to make the teaching of the new Quran compulsory in madrasas.
He supported many progressive ideas like the abolition of Triple Talaq, which infuriated the maulanas. Multiple fatwas were issued against him.