Hyderabad: Controversial Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi has been arrested by police in Hyderabad and will be moved to Nirmal town in Adilabad district.
Police had to brisk him away amid the party's large supporters gathered outside Gandhi hospital.
"Akbaruddin Owaisi never wanted to evade the law, he had been cooperating that’s why he came back from London. Owaisi had not eaten food since morning; he was not even given the medical report. Doctors have not said if he is fit to travel now or now. He was not allowed to go to his house also," said Shafiuddin Khan.
Owaisi had made hate speeches against a particular community and cases were filed against him in three different police stations - Osmania University in Hyderabad, Nirmal in Adilabad district and Bodhan in Nizamabad. The court at Nampally directed Osmania University police station to register a case against the MLA for his provocative speech he had made at Nirmal on December 24.
Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Dr S Mahbub said medical examination of Akbaruddin was conducted by a team of five doctors.
bullet is there on the lower side of his back," the medical
superintendent said. A rival group "attacked" Akbaruddin in April 2011
over a land dispute issue in Barkas area in Hyderabad. He had sustained
bullet injuries in the attack.
Owaisi’s supporters gathered outside Gandhi hospital resorted to stone pelting on a bus after police had to lathi-charge a few of them to control their entrance into the hospital premises. Additional security forces were also deployed in parts of the Old City as a precautionary measure following speculation that Owaisi would be arrested after his medical tests.
The BJP today said the delay in arresting Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi in a hate speech case was a "fixed match" between the Congress and MIM.
"They (Congress and MIM) are hand in glove when Akbaruddin Owaisi speaks the language of fire. He definitely has the tacit support of either local or central Congress leaders," BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said here.
Owaisi, who was wanted for questioning over his alleged hate speeches made in December, returned from London Monday. He was Tuesday taken to a hospital for tests.
Punj claimed that taking the MIM legislator for a medical examination was an act of facilitating him.
"This entire drama of police going to his house...he seeking four days (to appear before police)... is a sort of a cooling period and pretending to be sick. It is part of a fixed match. The government is not at all serious in curbing this menace," Punj said.
Meanwhile, there were protests outside Akbaruddin’s brother Asauddin Owaisi’s house in New Delhi today. Asaduddin is MIM chief and a Lok Sabha MP.