Barkati Refuses To Quit As Imam Of Tipu Sultan Masjid

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Kolkata:  Noor-ur-Rahman Barkati refuses to quit as imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, says nobody has the right to remove him. Earlier, Maulana Syed Noorur Rahman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque, was sacked on Wednesday after his recent anti-India remarks.

“This committee has approved the move and a notice of termination of service has been sent to the Imam. The legal procedure shall follow,” said Arif Ahmed, chairman of the Prince Ghulam Mohammed Shah Waqf Estate.

The Imam, however, remains defiant. On Wednesday, Barkati refused to quit the position of the Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, saying nobody had the right to remove him.

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Barkati had that he was a victim of media manipulation. “Certain national media organisations distorted my statement and therefore the whole controversy started,” he said.

Barkati had rejected the Centre’s April 19 directive against the use of “lal battis” on non-emergency vehicles from May 1 and threatened to launch “jihad if one tries to make the country a Hindu rashtra”.

On May 12, Barkati had said he would take off the red beacon from his vehicle if the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues were ready to live without security guards. There have been at least three police complaints registered against him in West Bengal.