Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Chancellor Firoz Bakht Ahmed has stirred a hornet’s nest with a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not just asking him to extend the lockdown for the entire Ramzan month till May 24, but also apologising for the acts of violence allegedly by Muslims against healthcare workers across the country.
In a letter, titled ‘extremely pressing! SOS!’ addressed to the Prime Minister on Thursday, the MANUU Chancellor said “care should be taken that the lockdown should not be lifted till May 24, the day when Ramzan month ends. If it is lifted on May 03, a time when Corona will be ripening to its peak in India, overenthusiastic Muslims (as seen in the case of uncontrollable Tablighi Jamat followers) will start crowding markets, holding Iftar parties and prayer gatherings, giving rise to Corona clusters by disobeying the Prime Ministerial instructions and thus nullifying the government’s never say die, hard work. It is my very humble submission in community, national and humanity interest.” (Sic)
Ahmed, continuing his tirade against the community, also said he was apologising on behalf of the Muslim community for the violence against healthcare workers. “As a law-abiding Indian Muslim, I apologise on behalf of all those belonging to my community in quarantine in India, indulging in violence against doctors, nurses, health workers, police, safai karamacharis etc,” he wrote.
“My head is hung in shame whenever I see highly condemned acts of spitting, misbehaving in vulgar manner with the hospital staff (especially nurses), running for the jugular of doctors, throwing urine bottles and not extending cooperation for treatment for coronavirus,” Ahmed added.
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