New Delhi, Oct 26 :
The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, was attacked by a man who tried to set him on fire during Sunday evening prayers, police and witnesses said. The accused was arrested.
The incident took place at the Jama Masjid when a man in his early 30s approached the Shahi Imam while the latter was praying, poured kerosene on him and tried to set him ablaze, younger brother Tariq Bukhari told IANS.
But the attacker failed to harm the Shahi Imam.
“The Shahi Imam did not receive any external injury,” Tariq Bukhari said.
“The man was later caught by the Imam’s security personnel and others who were praying. He was handed over to police,” he said.
No further details were available, and it was unclear what prompted the man — who was not immediately identified — to attack the Shahi Imam.
The 17th century Jama Masjid, reputedly India’s largest mosque, is located across the Red Fort.