Azam Khan’s remarks on Indian Army: Sedition charges filed against SP leader

Two police complaints have been registered against Azam Khan in Uttar Pradesh's Hazrat Ganj and Rampur Civil Lines police stations in connection with his controversial remarks on the Indian army. 

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: July 1, 2017 2:14 pm
Azam Khan, Sedition, Army Samajwadi Party Senior Leader Azam Khan. Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav

THREE days after senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made controversial remarks on security personnel, two separate FIRs were lodged against him in Rampur and Bijnor district. In Bijnor, FIR against Azam Khan was filed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Anil Kumar Pandey at Chanpur police station.

Station House Officer, Chandpur police station in Bijnor, Ajay Kumar said the FIR has been filed under IPC section 124 A (Sedition), 131 (Abetting mutiny, or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty ) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief). “Complainant alleged that Azam Khan statement was to instigate rebellion in the army. He also stated Azam with his statement also attempted to deviate them from performing their duties,” said Ajay Kumar adding that FIR was lodged following direction from senior police official.

When contacted, Anil Kumar Pandey said, when the local police initially did not show interest in lodging FIR against Azam Khan, they held protest at the office of Superintendent of Police, Bijnor on Thursday. The protest was withdrawn only after Bijnor police assured to file FIR against Azam Khan, said Anil Kumar Pandey.

The second FIR against Azam Khan was lodged at the Civil Lines police station in Rampur. Station Officer, Civil Lines police station, Rajesh Kumar Solanki said, “the FIR has been filed under IPC section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief)on a complaint filed by one Akash Saxena, who is son of former MLA Shiv Bahadur Saxena.”

On Thursday, another VHP leader and advocate Rajesh Kumar Awasthi in Shahjahanpur announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh to anyone who cuts off Khan’s tongue. Awasthi, who is VHP’s Shahjahanpur district secretary, made the statements while protesting in Shahjahanpur along with other lawyers at the district collectorate. Awasthi said, “People like Azam Khan make such derogatory statements only to lower the morale of security forces and such things could only be stopped after their tongues are cut off.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Azam Khan while addressing partymen at the SP office in Rampur, claimed that women “dahshatgardon” (terrorists) were chopping off the private parts of security personnel (“fauj”) to send across a “strong message”, which should leave the entire country “ashamed”. Azam Khan was referring to attacks on security personnel in Chhattisgarh and said he just stated the facts which appeared in newspapers.

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