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Fourth man involved in conspiracy to UP Shia Waqf Board chief arrested

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Police said today it has arrested a fourth man from for allegedly conspiring to kill Shia Waqf Board Chairman at the behest of gangster

The police arrested three other men involved in the conspiracy from Bulandshahr in on Thursday. A court on Friday sent them to five-day police custody.

Dharmendra Sharma, the fourth accused, was arrested from district in yesterday by the Special Cell.

Sharma, 42, was a part of the conspiracy hatched at the behest of Ibrahim and his to kill Rizvi, the police said.

In January, Rizvi had written letters to and Yogi Adityanath, claiming that madrassas bred terrorists and had demanded that these Islamic institutions should be closed.

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

Later that month, he had approached the Police saying he had received a threat call from a man claiming to be an of Ibrahim.

Rizvi told the Police that the caller said he was being threatened for his stand on the madrassa education issue. Rizvi had also supported the construction of the in Ayodhya.

The Police said it has received information about Chotta Shakeel planning subversive activities in

Subsequently, it learnt that a person named Salim Ahmed Ansari, a resident of Bulandshahr, recently returned from and was in constant touch with Dubai-based underworld operatives.

The police monitored Ansari's activities, which revealed that he and his associates - and - were planning to kill Rizvi. The trio were arrested on Thursday.

In March, the group had convened a meeting in Delhi and from Delhi they had gone to to recce Rizvi's office, the said.

After that, their handlers in asked them to procure arms and ammunition for the attack on Rizvi.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 23:40 IST