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Indian man slaps cleric during Friday prayers in Kuala Lumpur

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A 31-year-old Indian has been detained here in Malaysia for allegedly slapping a Muslim cleric at a mosque during Friday prayers, according to police.

The man, who was later identified as Shabir Ahmad Khan, yesterday slapped the 37-year-old Imam at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

"The man was an Indian national from Kashmir and had walked to the front and tried to shove the Imam Mohd Zuhairee," the Royal Malaysian police said.

"After that, the suspect went straight to the complainant (Imam) and pushed him from his place and tried to take the microphone that he was using.

"The suspect later slapped the complainant once and immediately took the Imam's spot to lead the prayer," police said.

The man was later taken out of the mosque by the maintenance staff before he was handed over to traffic police personnel who were on duty there.

It was not clear what triggered the man to attack the Imam. According to police, preliminary investigation found that the suspect was of unsound mind as he was seen speaking to himself.

The incident momentarily halted the Friday prayers which were resumed shortly after the suspect was escorted away, police said.

First Published: Sat, September 19 2015. 11:57 IST