Delhi-based accountant held for threatening Javed Akhtar

Anees Ul Kalam (21) was nabbed from Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway station in south Mumbai on Tuesday after searching for him in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for two months, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told PTI.

Kalam was produced before a court, which remanded him in police custody till July 29, he added. Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband had in May issued a fatwa (religious edict) saying it was un-Islamic for Muslim women to work in offices in proximity with men and decreed that acceptance of their earnings by a family was against the Sharia law.

The Islamic law prohibits proximity of women and men in a workplace, said a recent fatwa issued by a bench of clerics headed by chief Mufti Habib-ur-Rehman. Akhtar had condemned the fatwa during a discussion on TV and apparently called the cleric "insane".

On May 12, Akhtar had received an email threat to his life, Roy said. "Subsequently, the cyber cell of the police launched a probe and traced the IP address to a computer used in a firm called M S South Asia Hospitality Services firm, Power House in Delhi," he said.

Kalam had used his personal email to send the death threat to the lyricist, police said adding that a team had gone to his work place in Delhi but in vain. After sending the threat email, the accused switched off his mobile phone to remain unavailable, police said. During the probe, it was learnt that Kalam was talking over his mobile phone from Mumbai, police added.

"We tracked it to CST railway station in south Mumbai from where he was nabbed," said another crime branch official.

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