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Petitioner calls for more plaints against Akbaruddin Owaisi

By Sreekumar

Akbaruddin Owaisi
Hyderabad, Jan 1: The man who filed a case against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi in connection with the latter's Dec 24 hate speech today urged people to approach the courts with more such petitions.

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

Karunasagar isn't the only one to be offended by Owaisi's utterances. Yesterday, the BJP asked the Congress-led government in the state to book the MIM leader as he has made several provocative speeches of late.

State BJP president Kishan Reddy pointed out that the government could ask the Election Commission to de-recognise MIM and also get the membership of Owaisi, MLA representing the Chandrayan Gutta constituency, annulled by the Assembly Speaker.

Meanwhile, group of eminent citizens demanded that Owaisi be prosecuted for inciting violence. Stressing that his statements can "divide society, vitiate peace and lead to conflicts and riots", film maker Mahesh Bhatt, social activist Swami Agnivesh, Hamid Mohammad Khan, Irfan Engineer, Mazher Hussain, Ram Punyani, M Mandal, Dr Asghar Ali Engineer and Sandeep Panday called for "exemplary action in the matter to ensure that such intolerable acts are never repeated again, anywhere by anyone and secure peace and harmony in the country."

Owaisi had been particularly belligerent while addressing MIM supporters at Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh 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."

According to political observers, this remark was directed towards those organisations which he believes put pressure on the Congress government in the state to allow a canopy to be built above the Bhagyalakshmi temple that abuts the Charminar here.

Owaisi had hit out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi too during the same speech.

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