FIR against Azam Khan for ‘promoting enmity’ with remark against army
An FIR was registered against senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in his home district Rampur for promoting enmity with his recent statement suggesting sexual harassment of common people by soldiers in various parts of the country.
Confirming the development superintendent of police (SP) of Rampur, Vipin Tada said, “An FIR against Azam Khan under section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups) and section 505 of the IPC (statement conducing to public mischief) has been registered at civil lines police station. A police team is investigating the matter.”
The investigators have started collecting video clippings of Azam’s statement which have been widely shared on social media.
The FIR was registered after a complaint by one Akash Saxena, son of Shiv Bahadur Saxena, a former BJP politician. Saxena met the SP with his supporters and lodged the complaint on Friday evening. He claimed that Azam’s statement harmed the morale of the Army and thus affected the integrity of our nation.
“His statement is an act of sedition for which he must receive the strictest punishment,” reads the complaint.
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Apart from this FIR, several other political organisations including the Congress and the BJP have lodged separate complaints in the region against Khan. Most of them have termed Azam’s statements an act of sedition.
The controversy started when Azam Khan while addressing SP supporters at an Eid Milan function on Tuesday said “At some places female militants took away private parts of soldiers. They didn’t take away their head or limbs but their private parts. The act has such a big message to it which should have the entire country ashamed.”
By Wednesday the video of his statement was widely circulated and Khan found himself at the receiving end.
The outcry forced Khan to give a written explanation in which he claimed that the statement was in reference to a Maoist attack in Jharkhand earlier.
“It was widely reported in newspapers and television that female terrorists of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha mutilated the dead bodies of (CRPF) soldiers and took away their private parts,” read the statement.
Ironically, the JMM is a political party.
To clear the issue further, Azam Khan has called a press conference in Rampur on Saturday afternoon
Meanwhile several right wing Hindu organisations have announced monetary rewards for beheading the SP leader.