Owaisi arrested for hate speech

Jan 09, 2013, 06:43 IST | Agencies

The MIM legislator was taken into custody after subjecting him to a series of medical tests to ascertain if he was fit to face questioning

After day-long drama, MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested yesterday evening on charges of making a venomous speech last month.

Amid tight security, the legislator was taken to Nirmal town in Adilabad district. Police diverted traffic and sounded an alert along the highway to prevent any untoward incident.

Medically fit: Akbaruddin Owaisi leaves from Gandhi Hospital after doctors conducted a series of medical tests on him to ascertain if he was fit to face questioning. Pic/AFP

The MIM legislator was taken into custody after subjecting him to a series of medical tests at the government-run Gandhi Hospital through the day to ascertain if he was fit to face questioning.

The legislator underwent 11 tests, and medical reports revealed that he was fit to face the investigation.

Owaisi, on Monday, had sought four days time to appear before police in Nirmal and Nizamabad towns in connection with cases booked against him on Jan 3 for allegedly delivering hate speeches last month.

He also pleaded that the police be directed not to book further cases. The petition is likely to come up for hearing today.
Owaisi faces charges of waging or attempting to wage war against the state, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, and for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings.

Section 144 enforced
Police imposed prohibitory orders in Nirmal and other towns in Adilabad district and in Nizamabad district. Security was also beefed up in the Old City of Hyderabad and other parts of the state capital. Police and paramilitary forces were deployed. Earlier, tension prevailed outside the hospital with hundredsof MIM workers reaching there to show solidarity with their leader. Some pelted stones on buses and other vehicles, forcing police to use force to disperse them. Police sealed off all routes leading to the hospital.         

 Who is Akbaruddin Owaisi?
The 42-year-old heads the MIM in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. Representing Chandrayangutta constituency in the Old City of Hyderabad for a third time, he is the younger brother of MIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The younger Owaisi’s alleged remarks against the majority community sparked widespread protests by the BJP and its frontal groups across the state. Their activists and supporters also filed a series of complaints against him in several police stations. Owaisi’s lawyer alleged that he was not given the medical reports. He criticised the police attitude towards Akbar Owaisi although he suffers from hernia and the pains due to a bullet embedded in his body. The legislator was shot and critically injured by his rivals at Barkas in his constituency in May 2011. 

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