A day after Samajwadi Party member Azam Khan was booked for sedition in Bijnor, UP police is playing it safe as far as acting on the FIR is concerned.
"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".
After Azam Khan was booked under sedition charges for alleged derogatory remarks against the Army, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said that the Samajwadi Party leader has once again?
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Khan had whipped up a controversy by saying that the excesses of the Army in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas prompted women to chop off the private parts of soldiers in revenge. The comments triggered an angry reaction from the entire political fraternity.
On June 27, former UP minister Azam Khan had kicked up a storm with his offensive remarks against the army. They cut the part they had problems with. "It is a message that Hindustan should be ashamed of", Khan said at an event in Rampur in western Uttar Pradesh.
"His statement is an act of sedition for which he must receive the strictest punishment", reads the complaint.
VHP state spokesperson Sharad Sharma told the daily Awasthi's statement "was in reply to derogatory remarks made by Azam Khan on security forces." however, he added that Awasthi had "made the announcement in his personal capacity".