Andhra police book Owaisi for hate talk

The police Thursday booked All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for making a communally-provocative speech at Nirmal in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district on December 24. The FIR was registered on the direction of a court.

Akbaruddin, brother of MP Assaduddin Owaisi, had also made a "hate speech" on December 8 in Nizamabad. Recordings of the speeches, which spewed venom against Hindus, were posted on the internet by unknown persons. Although several Congress and BJP leaders demanded action against him, neither the police nor the government did anything until the court order.

The AIMIM had recently severed decade-old ties with the Congress alleging that the party was encouraging right-wing elements while harassing Muslims. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said if evidence proves Akbaruddin made such a speech, action would be taken. Akbaruddin is learnt to have gone abroad. His family refused to comment.

The police have booked him under Section 153(A) of IPC for promoting enmity between religious communities. DGP V Dinesh Reddy said he could be arrested if what he said in the speech violates the law. "The police is taking legal advice. If laws were broken, action will be taken,'' he said.

Akbaruddin is known to make hate speeches to control the Muslim-dominated areas in Hyderabad. In 2007, he and his supporters were booked for attacking Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

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