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Giriraj Singh calls Deoband 'temple of terrorism'; cleric demands apology

ANI  |  Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

and has stirred a controversy by calling the leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, located in district of Uttar Pradesh, a ''temple of terrorism".

"Earlier, Deoband's name was Deovrant. I do not know what it is about this place, it produces people similar to Baghdadi (Islamic State founder) and - terror attack I got to know that both of them were the students of I believe that this place is not a temple of learning. In fact, it is a temple of terrorism," Singh had said on Wednesday when he had gone to meet Seer Swami Brahmananand Saraswati at the latter's ashram.

With regards to the adjournment of the Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case by the Supreme Court, the BJP sent out a stringent warning to Muslims, asking them not to "test Hindus' patience"

"I want to make an appeal to Muslims that these 100 crore Hindus are also their brothers. You erected three lakh mosques here and no one stopped you. But now don't test Hindus' patience. Lord is my faith and his temple will be made in Ayodhya. is the cornerstone of the faith of Hindus. The has decided to make it a Hindu-Muslim issue. Hindus are running out of patience," he added.

Responding to the statement's, Deobandi Ulema condemned the statement and demanded an immediate apology.

"The statement by is baseless and unfortunate. He should take back his comment and apologise not only to a particular community but to the whole nation. The way he has given the baseless statement shows his wrong thinking. If he believes that Madarsas are the hub of terrorism, then, I would like to suggest him to take admission to a Madrasa to see what kind of teaching the students get in this institution. We teach students love and respect for our nation," he told ANI.

Meanwhile, another cleric, Mufti Asad Kasami, challenged Singh to prove that Baghdadi and used to be students of The also said that the institution always stood by the country in the fight against terrorism.

"Through media, I would like to say that always gives such kind of irresponsible statements to spoil the atmosphere in the country. His only aim is to do divisive politics on Hindu-Muslim. I want to challenge Giriraj Singh to show proof that Baghdadi and were the students of The Deoband has always stood along with the country to fight against terrorism. Hence, such statements are very disheartening and unfortunate," he said.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 11:10 IST