Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood booked for hate speech against Modi
March 28, 2014 - Moradabad
- Police has booked Congress Lok Sabha nominee Imran Masood for his hate speech against Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
- A video of the speech made by Imran Masood showed him saying that he would cut Modi into pieces if he dared to treat Muslims here like the way he had in Gujarat.
- Imran Masood is the Congress party's nominee for Lok Sabha from Saharanpur.
- Police has booked Masood under sections - 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
- BJP national president Rajnath Singh said that the speech has described to what extent Congress party and its candidates are willing to stoop to win the elections which they know they had already lost.
- Congress party had also distanced itself from the speech saying that using derogatory language should not be used during campaigning. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Congress party abjures violence whether of language or otherwise.
- Authorities are now trying to decipher the speech to record the exact words used in the speech.
- The Election Commission has also sought details of Masood's speech. An enquiry has been ordered by District Magistrate Sharanpur who is the Election Officer of the district.