Twenty Muslim organizations staged a protest in Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand. They demanded immediate action against the former chairman of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi, for his stand on the Quran.
During the protest, All India Minority Welfare Front (AIMWF) convener (Jamshedpur) Babar Khan said, "Rizvi has angered the Muslim community by filing a PIL in Supreme Court, seeking the removal of 26 Quranic verses from the holy book. He deserves severe punishment and we will not sit quietly until that happens."
“He (Rizvi) has done a great disservice to the community by insulting the Quran. His act is against Islamic beliefs,” Tanzeem e Ahle Sunnat o jamaat T functionary Mufti Ziaul Mustafa said.
Maulana Fariduddin Siwani, another jamaat functionary, said those who attack or criticize the verses of the Quran deserve to be boycotted by the Muslim community for a lifetime.
Rizvi facing opposition from the Muslim community when he had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking the removal of some Quranic verses as he claimed that they promoted terrorism and jihad. The petitioner sought a direction to ban Islamic clerics from teaching those 26 verses to Muslim children.