January 11, 2013

Police failed to act on first complaint against Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech


TNN Jan 10, 2013, 07.34AM IST
HYDERABAD: Though the Nizamabad police might have taken time to comprehend Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's December 8 Urdu speech in Nizamabad, the office of the director general of police (DGP) did receive a complaint within 48 hours of the vitriolic attack. However, police 'inaction' seems to have emboldened Akbaruddin to repeat his blasphemous speech in Nirmal, Adilabad on December 22.

On December 10, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) corporator from Mangalhat T Raja Singh gave a complaint to the office of the DGP (a copy of the acknowledgment is available with TOI) stating that Akbaruddin had denigrated gods of a particular community in his hate speech in Nizamabad.

"On December 8, MIM party had a meeting in Nizamabad. During the speeches given by MIM members, they made derogatory remarks against the Hindu community, Hindu gods and hurt the sentiments of Hindus. They are openly challenging the Hindu community," Raja Singh said in his complaint.

According to him, Akbaruddin Owaisi and other MIM leaders were repeatedly targeting the Hindu community and Hindu deities for vote bank politics. "Why are the government and police supporting MIM? On the floor of the Assembly, Akbaruddin had stated that Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting Charminar will be removed. Ironically, no legislator raised any objection to this," he said in the letter.

The corporator, who himself is facing several communal-related cases, told TOI that the infamous Nizamabad incident was not the first hate speech delivered by Owaisi Jr. "It began in January, 2012, when Akbaruddin delivered a speech in Nanded, Maharashtra, insulting the Hindu religion. Never before had Akbaruddin or his party members targeted Hindu gods in this manner. No action was taken. Now, he started repeating the same in Andhra Pradesh. Had the state police acted on my complaint against Akbaruddin given at the DGP office following the Nizamabad incident, it would have been a deterrent and Nirmal incident would not have taken place," the corporator felt.

He moved a private petition before the Nampally court in connection with the Nanded incident and the matter is also in pre-cognizance stage. In his complaint, the overtly communal leader demanded that the police ban a local Urdu channel, which is accused of being the mouthpiece of MIM. As Raja Singh himself is facing charges for fanning communal tension, his complaint might have been ignored by police bosses

: More cases are piling on Majlis leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for his alleged hate speeches. A local court here on Friday directed the Mangalhat Police to register an FIR and investigate a speech made by him against a particular community in Nanded last year.

Mr. Owaisi, presently under judicial custody, is lodged in the Adilabad District Jail for hate speeches made in Nirmal and Nizamabad.

Replying to a private complaint lodged by Mangalhat Corporator Raja Singh, the Sixteenth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court directed the Mangalhat Police to investigate the matter and file a report on or before February 11.

Meanwhile, a court at Nirmal on Friday granted Police five-day custody of Owaisi, accused of sedition over his "hate speech". The Magistrate Court in Nirmal allowed Police to take Akbaruddin in custody from Saturday.In another development, the Seventh ACMM Court, which heard a petition filed by Advocate K. Karunasagar against Mr. Owaisi's hate speech, asked the petitioner to seek sanction from the Government by January 31 to prosecute the MIM leader under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Section 295 A deals with deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

"We will request the Principal Secretary (Home) for getting sanction from the Government for prosecuting Mr. Owaisi. If the Government is convinced with our plea, then it will permit the Court for prosecution," Mr. Karunasagar said. He added that his sworn statement would also be recorded.

The Nirmal and Nizamabad Town Police booked suo motu cases against Mr. Owaisi for his hate speeches. The Osmania University Police too registered a case against him following a directive from a local court, while the Second Metropolitan Magistrate Court of L.B. Nagar on Thursday issued summons, directing Owaisi to appear before it on February 4 in connection with another complaint. The OU Police have also issued notice to a local TV channel for airing the controversial speeches that Akbaruddin had made at Nizamabad and Nirmal. The channel has also been asked to hand over the video footage of the speeches to the investigating officer.

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