Man from Bengal attempts to set Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari ablaze
NEW DELHI: An attempt was made on Sunday evening to
set the Imam of Jama Masjid on fire but his security staff thwarted the attack.
A man breached at least 10 rows of praying Muslims to
throw kerosene on Syed Ahmed Bukhari, but was stopped before he could use the
lighter on him, said the Imam’s family.
Tariq Bukhari, the Imam’s brother, said the motive
behind the attack was not yet clear, “though the attacker knew when the
security around the Imam is weakest, and intended to kill him”. “His security
is always a concern. Namaz is the time when the Imam is without security and
among people. The attack happened when the Imam and other namazis were in sajda
position (prostration),” Tariq Bukhari said.
He said the attacker was not a regular namazi and has
not been seen at Jama Masjid before. The police later identified the attacker
as 32-year-old Kamaluddin, a resident of 24 Parganas district of West Bengal,
and said a bottle of kerosene was found on the scene. A probe is on into his
Deepak Mishra, special commissioner for law and order
said, “We have arrested him and a case has been registered against him. The
investigation to ascertain why he did that is on. The Imam escaped unhurt,”
The Imam’s son and successor Shaban Bukhari said the
attacker was immediately overpowered by the security personnel. “A lighter was
found on him. The Imam was immediately taken to safety and the area was