The Kishanganj police have lodged a first information report (FIR) against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly making inflammatory statements at an election rally on Sunday.
Police said following the speech, unidentified people had allegedly vandalised two temples in Nepalgarh Colony on late Sunday night.
After the alleged incident, the residents were in a state of panic, several schools were closed and protests erupted in the town, police said.
The matter came to light during the wee hours of Monday.
On receiving information, district magistrate Animesh Kumar Prasar and superintendent of police (SP) Rajiv Ranjan rushed to the spot with reinforcements and brought the situation under control.
Ranjan said the district administration attempted to maintain peace in the town by talking to the members of the two communities.
Ranjan said on the basis of the magistrate’s report, an FIR had been lodged against Owaisi at the Kochadhaman police station under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and sections 153A and 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 144 deals with the power to issue an order in urgent cases of nuisance of apprehended danger.
Section 153A deals with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and performing acts prejudicial to maintaining harmony, while Section 188 deals with the disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.
Owaisi had on Sunday addressed an election meeting at Sontha Haat village under the Kochadhaman assembly constituency in Kishanganj district from where AIMIM state unit chief Akhtarul Iman is contesting.
He had allegedly used abusive language against all members of Parliament except his elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi who is the AIMIM chief and an MP from Hyderabad.
He had also allegedly made provocative remarks against BJP leaders.
The SP added that the police were probing whether any damage caused to idols of Goddess Kali at two temples in Nepalgarh, which were discovered on Monday morning, was a fallout of the speech.