GHMC polls: Asaduddin Owaisi booked for attack on Congress workers, AIMIM rejects charge

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has been booked for allegedly attacking the Congress workers during the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls yesterday after which the police had to resort to mild lathi-charge to disperse them.

Reports on Wednesday said that a criminal case has been filed against Asaduddin Owaisi and some others on the complaint of Congress leader Shabbir Ali.

The incident has triggered tension in parts of Hyderabad, the situation however remains fully in control, according to V Satyanarayana of the Hyderabad Police.

Meanwhile, the AIMIM has rejected the allegations completely and blamed Congress for fuelling the confrontation.

“It is a completely baseless allegation. It is an example of what local Congress leaders are doing in Telangana. At 1 pm I was told that my concerned MLA of that area and a Congress contestant has been arrested by the Police. Police said that it was preventive arrest,” AIMIM chief Owaisi said.

They are already creating an alibi and an excuse for their most fantastic defeat in GHMC election: Owaisi said.

The incident occurred when the Congress leaders were about to leave the Mir Chowk police station after the release of a Congress candidate on bail.

Just then, several AIMIM workers led by Owaisi arrived at the police station and a heated argument led to the incident.

“At 4 pm, I was told that Congress president, in 30 cars and with 150 people, had barged into the Mirchowk police station and pressurised the local ACP to release the Congress contestant. And then he was released,” Owaisi was quoted as saying.

“The Police will investigate, we will cooperate with them,” he added.

Several Congress leaders, including Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.