Hate speech: One more complaint against Akbaruddin Owaisi

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Hyderabad, Jan 4: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, whose recent hate speech triggered widespread outrage, faces more trouble with a complaint being filed today over another provocative speech that he made on Jan 23, 2012.

As two notices have already been served to the Chandrayan Gutta MLA under section 41(A) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the Andhra Pradesh police is hoping that he will cooperate with the ongoing investigations.

A first information report has been registered against Akbaruddin in Adilabad district and in connection with that he has to first appear before the cops there on Jan 7. The next day, he has been asked to answer the queries posed by the Nizamabad town police.

Akbaruddin had been particularly belligerent while addressing MIM supporters at Nirmal town in Adilabad district on Dec 24, 2012. He said, "If the police are removed for just 15 minutes, 25 crore Muslims in the country will show they are mightier than 100 crore Hindus."

Akbaruddin Owaisi

A local channel uploaded the video of this speech on YouTube. It soon went viral. After watching the MIM legislator spew venom, a petitioner moved the court against Akbaruddin.

However, K Karunasagar received three death threats on the night of Dec 28. He subsequently appealed for security. The Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission has directed the Hyderabad Police Commissioner to inquire into the matter and submit a report by Jan 17.

Though Akbaruddin has been booked under sections 153A, 295A and 121 of the IPC, the police have not been able to get access to him so far.

Reports say he is undergoing treatment in London. Hence, the cops were forced to paste the notices outside Akbaruddin's residence in Banjara Hills here.

V Dinesh Reddy, Director General of Police, had earlier told reporters that the MLA is out of the country and added, "... if he fails to appear, then we will have to call him back and if necessary Interpol's assistance will be taken."

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