06/10/2015 9:30 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Akbaruddin Owaisi Charged For Hate Speech

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Indian Muslim leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittihad al-Muslimin and member of the Legislative Assembly of the state of Telangana Akbaruddin Owaisi (C) shakes hands with members of his community during a visit to an 'Iftar' party held to break the Ramadan fast in Bangalore on July 9, 2015. Muslim devotees globally are marking the month of Ramadan by fasting from dawn until dusk. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

KISHANGANJ -- An FIR was lodged against All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi by Kishanganj district administration on Monday for allegedly making inflammatory speech at an election rally in Kishanganj on Sunday.

The police are also probing whether damage to idols at two temples in the town, which were discovered this morning, was a fallout of the speech, Superintendent of Police Rajiv Ranjan said.

Owaisi’s speech, he said, violated provisions of section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure and an FIR has been lodged under sections 153A and 188 of IPC at Kochadhaman police station.

Section 153A deals with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, while section 188 deals with disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.

The FIR has been lodged on the basis of magistrate’s report, the SP said.

Owaisi had on Sunday addressed an election meeting at Sontha haat village under Kochadhaman assembly constituency in Kishanganj district from where AIMIM state unit chief Akhtarul Iman is contesting.

He had allegedly used abusive language against all members of Parliament except his elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi who is AIMIM chief and an MP from Hyderabad. He also allegedly made provocative remarks against BJP leaders.

The police are probing if the damage to idols of goddess Kali in two temples in Nepalgarh locality had any connection to the speech.

The SP said idols were found damaged in two adjacent temples this morning and created tension in the town and protests.

District administration sought to maintain peace by talking to people of the two communities, he added.

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