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3 held for 'conspiring to kill' UP Shia Waqf Board chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Three people were arrested for allegedly conspiring to kill Shia Waqf Board Chairman at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, police said here today.

The three accused -- (42), Abrar (36) years and (38) -- were arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr by the Police Special Cell, they said.

A court later today sent the three men to five days police custody.

In January, Rizvi had written letters to and in which he claimed that madrassas bred terrorists and demanded that the Islamic institutions should be shut.

In the letter to the prime minister, Rizvi had demanded that madrassas be replaced by schools affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE which will offer students an optional subject of Islamic education.

Later in the month, he had approached the Police alleging that he had received a threat call from a man claiming to be an of gangster

Rizvi had reported to the police that the caller said he was threatened for his stand on madrassa education and other issues.

Earlier, He had also expressed support in building of the in Ayodhya.

The Police said that during the past few months, they had received inputs that Chotta Shakeel, under the directions from gangster Dawood Ibrahim, had been planning some subversive activities in

Subsequently, it was learnt that one Salim from Bulandshahr had recently returned from and was in constant touch with Dubai-based underworld operatives, said PS Kushwah, of Police (Special Cell).

The activities of Salim were monitored which revealed that Salim along with his associates and others was planning to kill Rizvi.

The group had convened a meeting in Delhi in March for this purpose and from here they had gone to to recce Rizvi's office.

After the observations, they had informed their handlers in Dubai, who then directed them to procure arms and ammunition for the attack. They contacted Abrar for procuring arms and ammunition through him, said the

Salim was paid 3000 dirham for buying arms and ammunition and had been promised more money when the work was done, the police added.

Yesterday, a team of Special Cell of the nabbed the accused from Bulandshahr, UP. Arms and ammunition and used by the accused to communicate with their handlers in were recovered from them.

Salim was the In 1992, he was arrested in a snatching case in Bulandshahr and remained in jail for about 20 days. He was again arrested in 1994 in two cases of robbery and snatching. This time he remained in for about two-and-a-half months.

After being released from jail, he went to and was arrested there in a robbery case and remained in Arthur road jail for about four years.

He procured a passport without disclosing his criminal involvements and went to and stayed there from 1998 to 2001.

In December 2017, he went to on tourist visa for three months where he met an associate of who works for He tasked Salim to carry out assassination of Rizvi, the police said.

In February, Salim called from Dubai and informed him about this conspiracy. Arif was in dire need of money so he readily agreed to join Salim, they added.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 22:35 IST