Owaisi Booked for Hate Speech in Barabanki

In his speech, Owaisi claimed that the administration had "martyred" a century-old mosque earlier this year.

Barabanki: Asaduddin Owaisi, the head of the All India Majlis-e-Itthehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), has been charged for attempting to destabilise communal harmony in Barabanki district by making a controversial speech.

In his speech, Owaisi claimed that the administration had “martyred” a century-old mosque earlier this year.

According to the police, he also used insulting words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Yamuna Prasad, SP Barabanki, said Owaisi was booked on Thursday night under Indian Penal Code Sections 153a, 188, 169, and 170, as well as relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, for breaking the Covid protocol and meeting requirements.

Earlier on Thursday, Owaisi mentioned the mosque at Ramsanehi Ghat, which was razed by the administration in May, when speaking at a public meeting in Barabanki.

“In Barabanki, a 100-year-old mosque was martyred,” he stated, blaming the administration for not obeying the law in the demolition and criticising opposition parties for failing to speak out against the incident. It was also referred to be a “political destruction” by the AIMIM leader.

In May of this year, the Barabanki administration said that a “illegal residential complex” had been discovered outside the sub-divisional magistrate residence in the Ram Sanehi Ghat tehsil compound, without mentioning any mosque. According to the SP, Owaisi “instigated a particular community and attempted to disrupt communal harmony” by claiming that the administration had demolished a 100-year-old mosque and disposed the rubble. (IANS)

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