Rampur police have initiated investigation against Abdullah Azam Khan, son of senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, and his supporters for allegedly attacking and causing hurt to supporters of Bahujan Samaj Party on the day of polling. Polling in the constituency was held on February 15.
Abdullah is contesting from Suar constituency of Rampur on SP ticket against Kazim Ali Khan of BSP.
The FIR was lodged on the basis of complaint filed by Haider Ali Khan, son of Kazim Ali, in Suar police station on Thursday. According to the complainant, Abdullah and over 200 supporters of Samajwadi Party manhandled Haider Ali and his supporters near polling booth.
“They used abusive language against me and my supporters and charged on me. I somehow managed to save my life or they would have killed me,” reads the complaint lodged by Haider Ali.
Based on his complaint, the police lodged an FIR under section 307 (attempt to murder) of Indian Penal code (IPC) against Abdullah and his 200 supporters. “A police team under the station house officer of Suar police station is investigating into the matter,” said Rampur SP KK Chaudhary.
Meanwhile, Abdullah and his supporters have also lodged a similar complaint against Haider on Friday, a day after the FIR was registered against him. Based on his complaint, police have registered cross FIR against Haider Ali. “The complaint lodged against me is politically motivated. I was not present at the place which is mentioned in his (Haider’s) complaint,” said Abdullah Azam Khan.
Abdullah’s mother and Rajya Sabha member Tazeen Fatma has reportedly sent a complaint to the Election Commission. In her complaint she has alleged that Bahujan Samajwadi Party leaders are using Rampur police to act against Samajwadi Party supporters.
However, the SP has rubbished Fatma’s claims. “Both the FIRs were lodged on the basis of the complaint and we are following due procedures to investigate the matter. Police is not favouring or acting against any specific party,” said the officer.