Good oratory skills do not always complement the content.
Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of the All India Majlis-e-Itthehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), has been arrested for allegedly attempting to disrupt communal harmony through a “provocative speech” in the Barabanki district.
In his speech, Owaisi claimed that the administration “martyred” a century-old mosque earlier this year.
According to the police, he also used derogatory language toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Yamuna Prasad, SP Barabanki, stated that Owaisi was arrested on Thursday night under Indian Penal Code Sections 153a, 188, 169, and 170, as well as relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, for violating the Covid protocol and meeting conditions.
Earlier on Thursday, during a public meeting in Barabanki, Owaisi mentioned the mosque in Ramsanehi Ghat, which was demolished by the administration in May.
“In Barabanki, a 100-year-old mosque was martyred,” he said, blaming the administration for not following the law in the demolition and attacking opposition parties for failing to speak out against the incident.
It was also referred to as a “political demolition” by the AIMIM leader.
After carrying out the demolition, the Barabanki administration stated in May this year that a “illegal residential complex” was discovered opposite the sub-divisional magistrate residence in the Ram Sanehi Ghat tehsil compound, without mentioning any mosque.
According to the SP, Owaisi “instigated a particular community and attempted to disturb communal harmony” by claiming that the administration had demolished a 100-year-old mosque and disposed of the rubble.