Kolkata, May 13: The spat of words between Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque Noor-ur Rehman Barkati and West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury over use of red beacons took an interesting turn on Saturday when Chowdhury himself was found using the red beacon on his official vehicle, ANI reported. Chowdhury, also the secretary of Jamiat-Ulama-I-Hind, lashed out at the Imam for not giving up the use of red beacons after Government of India directives. Barkati defending the use of beacon said, “I am a Shahi Imam and hence I won’t give up red beacon. I will remove it once everyone does the same. I have got permission from British government, hence, I will continue to use it.” Also Read - Ayodhya Case: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Not to File Review Petition Against Supreme Court Verdict
Responding to a question, Siddiqullah Chaudhary said, “Barkati sahab Imam hai, hum state Government ke minister hain. Jab order aajayga ek minute mein hum batti hata lenge” (Barkati is an Imam whereas I hold a ministerial portfolio. If I receive the order, I shall not hesitate for a moment in removing it.) Also Read - Kashmir is an Integral Part of India: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Abrogation of Article 370
On Friday an FIR was also lodged against Maulana Barkati after a BJP leader Suraj Kumar Singh registered a complaint against him for not complying with the Centre’s ban on the use of the red beacon. Also Read - RSS leader draws flak for lynching remark
The Central Government imposed a ban on use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries from May 1.
The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court while President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker are exempted from the ban.
(With inputs from ANI)