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Imam who called Bhagwat ‘father of nation’ gets ‘sar tan se juda’ threat from Pakistan, England

All India Imam Organization (AIIO) Chief Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi received threats to his from Pakistan, with the callers saying they would behead him for meeting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak and calling him the "Father of the Nation".

The imam received threatening phone calls also from England — where Muslims attacked Hindu temples and damaged Hindu properties recently. In a week, thus, the imam has been threatened with hundreds of phone calls from many parts of India as well. He has cancelled all his public programmes as a precaution due to security reasons.

The chief imam filed a case in Tilak Marg station on 24 September and informed the home secretary and the commissioner of about the matter.

The imam has bluntly said that he is not going to bow down to these threats. He said he would neither stop the work of promoting goodwill in the country not retract his statement about the Sangh chief.

On 22 September, Mohan Bhagwat, Sahasarkaryavah Krishna Gopal, Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh Ramlal and senior campaigner Indresh Kumar had visited the mosque at Kasturba Gandhi Marg to meet Ilyasi, where the imam lives with his family. Accompanied by Ilyasi, the Sarsanghchalak then went to a madrassah located at Bara Hindu Rao and interacted with some students of the seminary. 

Ilyasi described this "extraordinary" initiative of the Sangh chief as a "historic development" in the direction of religious harmony, describing Bhagwat as "Father of the Nation" and "Rashtra Rishi".  He said Bhagwat was a pracharak who had dedicated his entire to the service of the country and society. "That's why he is the father of the nation," the imam had said that day.

This statement of his has not gone down well with a section of politicians or members of either community. However, no upset Hindu has threatened either the imam or the sarsanghchalak. All who have threatened either side of dire consequences have been Muslims.

Ilyasi said that since the meeting, his mobile phone number had been ringing constantly, with callers from different parts of the country and abroad issuing the infamous "sar tan se juda" threat to him.

The imam said that fanatics were threatening him also for supporting the ban on PFI.

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