Muslim Mp Owaisi threatens Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police A.K. Mohanty
Posted by jagoindia on April 20, 2009
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
Owaisi threatens Andhra top cop
Hyderabad, April 18, 2009
Asad Owaisi, sitting MP from Hyderabad and president of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), is courting controversy once again. This time he has threatened Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police A.K. Mohanty.
Owaisi has asked Mohanty to face him in the older parts of Hyderabad. “Shed your police uniform and face me in the old city,” he said. “Shame on Mohanty. He bypassed the police commissioner to personally monitor polling in old city.”
Owaisi had beaten up a polling agent in front of TV cameras on Thursday. An FIR is already registered against him.
Owaisi has accused Mohanty of being partisan in the Lok Sabha polls.
The state’s Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao has taken suo motu notice of Owaisi’s allegation that Mohanty had colluded with the rival Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the poll from Hyderabad constituency on Thursday.
Sources said the MIM chief is likely to be issued a show cause notice by the poll panel, which had appointed Mohanty as Director General of Police (DGP) last month.
Owaisi is seeking re-election from Hyderabad, which along with 21 other Lok Sabha constituencies and 154 assembly segments went to polls on Thursday.
Owaisi on Saturday alleged: “Mohanty has a perverted mind. He is trying to be brave in uniform. Let him shed his uniform, come in open and face us in a democratic manner.”
Owaisi also found fault with the chief electoral officer for not taking note of his party’s petition urging it not to appoint Mohanty to the top post.
“Despite all this, we are confident that we will win Hyderabad Lok Sabha and eight assembly seats,” said Owaisi, whose party has been winning the Hyderabad seat since 1984.
During polling, Owaisi had thrashed a polling agent of the TDP for allegedly distributing money among voters. Police had booked a case against him.
The MIM accuses Mohanty of being anti-Muslim.
The poll panel, however, preferred Mohanty over other officers whose names were submitted by the state government after S.S.P. Yadav was removed as police chief for publicly praising the chief minister.
Mohanty, a 1975 batch IPS officer, earlier served as the police commissioner of Hyderabad in 2005. He was transferred by the Congress government allegedly under pressure from MIM.
—with inputs from IANS