New Delhi, Apr 13: The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested three people on charges of conspiring to kill Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi. Reports say the three had links with D-company and were allegedly conspiring to kill Rizvi on the behest of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim. The police arrested them from UP’s Bulandshahr and are now bringing them to Delhi.

Earlier this year, Rizvi had said that he had received a threat call from a man, claiming to be an aide of Dawood Ibrahim, who threatened to blow up him and his family. Following the complaint, the Lucknow police had lodged an FIR in January 2018. He had said that he had informed the police and also given the caller’s phone number.

“I received a call in which caller took the name of Dawood and threatened to blow me up and my family for my stand on madrassa education and other issues,” Rizvi had said in January.

Blaming Madrassas for rising incidents of communal violence in the country, Rizvi had said that the Islamic schools are promoting hard line sentiments against Hindus and Shias. “Hardliner mentality being created in Madrasas against Hindu and Shia community is the cause behind recent incidents of communal violence,” Rizvi had said. He had further alleged, “In Darul Uloom and other Madrasas situated at the border areas in India, some foreign hardliner are teaching students.”

Rizvi had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to shut down madrassas in the country, alleging that education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged students to join terrorist ranks.