Pune police denies permission for MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi rally

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Pune – Pune police has denied permission to MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for holding rally in Bhawani Peth on February 14, on the grounds that he makes offensive statements. MIM has forayed into the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad elections.

A letter from senior police inspector of Khadak police station had written to the nodal electoral officer saying the permission has been denied on the grounds that the area where the rally is scheduled, has mixed population and its sensitive area. “Owaisi makes offensive and casteist statements and there can be threat to his life”, the letter states.

Anjum Inamdar, MIM’s state core committee member, said, “We condemn this high handedness attitude of police who have denied permission on baseless issue. We will meet senior police officers on Monday to put forth our views. Owaisi has addressed several rallies in Uttar Pradesh and different parts of the state but there has been no law and order problems there.”

MIM’s MLA from Aurangabad Imtiyaz Jaleel said, “Same day he will be addressing public meetings in Nagpur and Solapur. Is there a different law in Pune? Pune police says Asad Owaisi delivers ‘Bhadkau’ bhashan. His speeches are communally toned. And that there could be threat to his life! If that is the case then what is the police meant for? I challenge the Pune Police to show me one case registered against Asad Owaisi sahab for his over 50 speeches in Maharashtra. Perhaps the pune Police is working under some pressure.”

Earlier on February 1 Owaisi’s younger brother Akabaruddin had addressed a huge rally in Pune.