For second time in six months, Azam Khan and son get death threats on phone
Azam Khan’s family had lodged a similar complaint in August 2017 but police could not trace the caller and no action was taken.Updated: Feb 10, 2018 22:38 IST
Hindustan Times, Bareilly
The Rampur police registered an FIR against unknown people on Saturday for threatening senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and his older son Abdullah Azam (MLA from Swar constituency of Rampur) on phone, senior officials said.
“The FIR was registered in Ganj police station following a complaint from Abdullah Azam regarding the incident,” said superintendent of police, Rampur Vipin Tada.
According to the police complaint submitted by Abdullah Azam, he received over four calls from two unknown numbers on Wednesday. “The caller used derogatory language and threatened to kill me and my father Azam Khan,” reads the complaint. The first call came at around 1 am on Wednesday. The next call from a different number was made at 7 am. Both the phone numbers are mentioned in the complaint.
Based on the complaint, Ganj police station has registered an FIR under Section 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian penal code (IPC) against unidentified people.
“The case is being investigated by Ganj police. We have also alerted the surveillance and IT departments regarding the matter and sought their assistance,” said the SP.
Azam Khan and his family allegedly received such calls last year also. In August 2017, a similar complaint was lodged by Abdullah. An FIR was also registered but police could not trace the caller and no action was taken.
“I have asked the investigating team to re-look into the FIR lodged last year. The team has also been asked to probe any possible link between the calls made last year and the recent ones,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Azam has criticised the ‘lax approach’ of the police in investigating the matter. “It has been over six months now since the first complaint was registered but police have failed to trace the caller till date. If the police cannot assure safety to elected members of the legislative assembly, how will they protect the common man?” Abdullah Azam asked. He also accused the ruling government of failing to ensure security to elected representatives.
“The ruling party is aware of all these things and it must ensure that the police take swift action regarding this matter, else we will be forced to raise this issue in the legislative assembly.”
His father Azam Khan could not be reached for a comment.
First Published: Feb 10, 2018 22:38 IST