Shia Waqf Board chairman 'prepares' his grave citing threats

Citing threats to his life following his controversial remarks on the madarsas (Islamic Seminaries) and his offer to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya to the Hindus for Ram Temple construction, Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi has got his grave ''prepared''.

Rizvi said here that he had ''bought'' his grave at 'Karbala' (burial site) in Talkatora locality in the city a few years back. ''I have got the grave fully prepared in view of the threats,'' he said.

''I have been receiving threats on telephone and social media....I was forced to get my grave prepared as anything can happen to me anytime,'' Rizvi remarked.

Rizvi has also got a stone on the grave with his name etched on it.

He said that he had also apprised the state principal secretary, home, of the threats and sought immediate action.

The Board chairman said that he would not be ''cowed down'' by the threats and was ready to pay any price.

Dubbed gimmick

Rizvi's detractors and Muslim clerics termed his act as a ''gimmick'' aimed at gaining publicity and security from the government.

''Buying grave for oneself in advance is not a new phenomenon...many people do this,'' said a senior cleric here on Saturday.

Some Muslim clerics had recently demanded dismissal of Rizvi for his remarks on madarsas and also his arrest. Rizvi had sought closure of the madarsas and converting them to public schools saying that they (madarsas) received funding from Bangladesh and Pakistan and promoted terrorism.

Earlier also the Shia Waqf Board president had incurred the wrath of Muslim outfits for offering to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya to the Hindus for construction of Ram Temple.

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