Lucknow: Thousands of Muslims staged a protest at the Bada Imambara here on Sunday against former Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi who has filed a petition for removal of 26 verses from the Holy Quran.
Sunni and Shia clerics led the protest against Rizvi and demanded his immediate arrest. Rizvi has also been excommunicated.
Unprecedented security arrangements had been made in the old city on Sunday in view of the protests.
Barricades were set up from the Chhota Imambara to the Teele Wali Masjid and a strong police presence was evident at the spot.
Police personnel had also been deployed on the roofs of adjoining houses and buildings.