AGRA: In an incident, attempts to poison the drinking water at a madrasa run by the wife of former Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari, in Aligarh have been foiled.
Two unidentified men allegedly mixed rat poison in the water supply of Madrasa Chacha Nehru that houses 4,000 children. The institution located in the heart of the city is run by Al Noor Charitable Society which Ansari’s wife heads.
Chairperson of the society, Salma Ansari, called it “shocking and scary” and asked the madrasa warden to file a police complaint. “Following the incident, we have decided to install CCTV cameras in the 18-year-old charitable institution which has 4000 students on its rolls,” she said.
Police have lodged an FIR in the case under IPC sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and are on the lookout for two unidentified persons.
Aligarh senior superintendent of police Rajesh Pandey said, “Fortunately, a student spotted the miscreants and alerted the warden. We have collected water samples which will be sent to forensic science laboratory (FSL) for tests on Saturday”.
Madrasa warden Junaid Siddiqui while giving details of the incident, said, “One of our students, Mohammad Afzal, who stays in the hostel, went to drink water from a common water tap on Friday evening. He spotted two men mixing some tablets in the tank. When he asked them what they were doing, the other suspect, who was sitting on the madrasa’s fence with a country-made pistol, threatened him to keep quiet.”
After the duo left, the student picked up the rat poison wrapper left behind by them and alerted the warden. “The water supply area was immediately cordoned off. And students were asked to drink water from other tanks in the premises,” the warden told TOI.
Hamid Ansari had faced a flak from several BJP leaders, including current VP Venkaiah Naidu, after Ansari, in the last days of his tenure, said Muslims in India were experiencing “a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in”. PM Narendra Modi, too, had reacted to it saying Ansari would “be free” to act, talk and work in accordance with his “basic political ideology and instinct” after his tenure ended.