Owaisi Booked In UP For ‘Vitiating’ Communal Harmony

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi – File Pic

Lucknow- Uttar Pradesh Police have booked AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for allegedly vitiating communal harmony, violating Covid norms and making “indecent” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, police said on Friday.

The FIR against the All India Majlis-e-Itthehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief was registered on Thursday night at Barabanki city police station after his party’s rally.

IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity on ground of religion, race etc), 188 (disregarding order of a public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease) and the Epidemic Act had been slapped against him, Superintendent of Police, Barabanki, Yamuna Prasad, said.

He said the Hyderabad MP violated Covid guidelines – on mask and social distancing – by arranging huge crowds at the party rally at Katra Chandana on Thursday.

“In his speech, the AIMIM chief made statements for vitiating communal harmony and said the 100-year-old Ram Sanehi Ghat mosque was razed by the administration and its debris was also removed. This is contrary to the fact,” the SP said.

“By this statement, Owaisi tried to vitiate communal harmony and incite feelings of a particular community. He also made indecent and baseless remarks against the PM and the Uttar Pradesh chief minister,” he said.

Owaisi was on a three-day trip to Uttar Pradesh, where his party plans to contest 100 seats in the upcoming Assembly polls.

In a scathing attack on PM Modi, Owaisi had on Thursday alleged that there had been efforts to turn the country into a “Hindu rashtra” since he came to power seven years back.

Referring to the law against instant triple talaq, the Hyderabad MP also mentioned the “plight” of Hindu women, while directing a personal barb at Modi.

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