Agra: Bid to poison 4,000 madrassa students foiled, two accused still at large

Two unidentified persons were booked for mixing rat poison in the water cooler of a madrassa in Agra, reports said Monday. The madrassa is run by a charitable organisation which is headed by Salma Ansari, wife of India’s former Vice President Hamid Ansari.

The Chacha Nehru madrassa is run by Aligarh’s Al Noor Charitable Society which is headed by Salma Ansari.

“A class 7 student Afzal first spotted the two youth leaning on top of the water tank. He raised an alarm despite being threatened by one of the youths with a country made pistol,” India Today reported.

Unsuccessful in their bid to poison over 4000 students, the two youth escaped from the madrassa, jumping over a broken part of the wall. However, the powder they were trying to mix in the water fell in the madrassa campus.

A case has been registered under Section 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) by the police against two unidentified persons. The police also said that the water cooler has been sealed and the samples have been sent to the Forensic Lab for testing.

The warden of the madrassa, Junaid Siddiqui, told India Today that the powder was a rat poison from a popular pesticide brand and could have proven a serious threat to the lives of over 4,000 children had the two men succeeded.

Ansair’s wife Salma Ansari has called the incident “shocking and scary”, The Times of India reported.

The incident has been reported a month after Hamid Ansari in a television interview during his last days in office stated that there is “a sense of insecurity” creeping in among the Muslims in India.

“There is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in,” he had said, after which he faced online trolls by right wingers. He had also faced flak from several BJP leaders including current Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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