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MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi arrested, shifted to Nirmal police station

January 8, 2013 - Hyderabad

MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested by the Hyderabad police on a dramatic day after he was made to undergo medical tests at the Gandhi hospital. Akbaruddin has arrived from London in the early hours on Monday and sought four days time to appear before the Nirmal police citing medical reasons. Akbaruddin is facing a number of criminal cases for the alleged hate speech he gave in Nizamabad and Nirmal.

After his arrest late Tuesday, Akbaruddin Owaisi was shifted to Nirmal in Adilabad district amid tight security. The MIM party supporters tried to thwart police attempts to arrest the legislator, both at Gandhi hospital and at Nirmal police station. They raised anti-Government slogans.

The police officers began questioning Akbaruddin after he was brought to the Nirmal police station. Akbar was accompanied by his younger brother Burhanuddin Owaisi and his lawyer. Burhanuddin is the editor of Urdu daily 'Etemaad'.

Security was beefed up in the old city in Hyderabad and other sensitive areas of the capital city. The police invoked prohibitory orders in several parts of Hyderabad. Akbaruddin underwent 11 tests by a team of doctors who declared that he was fit to face the investigation. However, the lawyers of Akbaruddin alleged that they were not given the reports. Akbaruddin was said to be suffering from hernia and pains due to a bullet in his body.

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