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Pay Rs 10K per day or shut down immediately: Yogi led UP Govt to Madrasas

Students reciting verses of holy Quraan in Madrassa. [File Photo]

Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has issued notices to madrasas  allegedly lacking “proper documents” and asked to pay Rs 10,000 a day to remain operational.

According to a report by The Times of India, the SIT has already started probing madrasas in Muzaffarnagar that are allegedly “run without proper registration or recognition”.

More than 100 such madrasas are in the Muzaffarnagar district alone, of which 12 have been served notices declaring that “Rs 10,000 per day would be charged unless they close immediately”.

The chairman of the UP Board of Madrasa Education, Iftikhar Ahmed Javed told TOI that the investigations were infringing on the rights of madrasas.

“No one, including the education department, has the right to interfere in madrasa matters. Only [the] minority department can do it,” Ahmed was quoted as saying.

Ahmed’s words were also echoed by Qari Zakir Husain, the UP secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, who said, “These notices in Muzaffarnagar are meant to target a particular community. Their rule does not apply to Islamic seminaries, schools, or other religious institutions.” At present, UP has over 25,000 functional madrasas.

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