Owaisi booked for disturbing communal harmony, 'hate speech' given in Barabanki

Lucknow: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has been booked for attempting to disturb communal harmony through inflammatory speeches in the Barabanki district. Owaisi alleged in his speech that the administration had martyred a century-old mosque earlier this year. Police said they also used abusive language against PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

Barabanki Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad said Owaisi was booked under the prescribed conditions for a meeting to violate corona protocol under relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act along with Sections 153A, 188, 169, 170 of the Indian Penal Code on Thursday night. Earlier on Thursday, addressing a public meeting in Barabanki, Owaisi mentioned the mosque at Ramsnehi Ghat which was demolished by the administration in May.

Owaisi said a 100-year-old mosque was martyred in Barabanki. He also hit out at opposition parties for not speaking out against the incident, accusing the administration of not following the law in the demolition. Owaisi termed it as a political demolition. The Barabanki administration, without mentioning any mosque in May this year, had said after the demolition that an illegal residential complex was located in front of the sub-departmental magistrate's residence in Ram Sanehi ghat tehsil complex, which was demolished.

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