‘Accept Z security’: Amit Shah tells AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who was shot at in Uttar Pradesh
Two people fired three to four bullets at Owaisi’s vehicle in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district on February 3.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday urged All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi to accept the security offered to him after gunmen shot at the car in which he was travelling.
Two men have been arrested for the attack in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district. The police have recovered one unlicensed pistol each and also seized a car.
“I request Owaisi ji to immediately accept the security and put all our apprehensions to rest,” Shah said in the Rajya Sabha.
The home minister claimed that Owaisi had no scheduled events on February 3 in Hapur and no information about his movement was sent to the District Control Room beforehand. He added that after the attack, the AIMIM chief had reached Delhi safely.
“A forensic team is conducting an investigation on the car and is collecting evidence at the site of the incident,” Shah said. “Both the accused persons are being questioned by the Uttar Pradesh Police.”
Shah said that Z category security was offered to Owaisi, but he rejected it. “Due to this reason, the Delhi and the Telangana Police could not provide security to him,” he said. “On the basis of a reassessment, a bulletproof car and Z category have been given to him.”
Shah said that as per verbal information, Owaisi has refused these security measures as well, and urged him to accept the arrangements.
Turning down the Centre’s offer, Owaisi while speaking in the Lok Sabha on Friday said, “Treat me like ‘A’ class citizen, don’t give me ‘Z’ class security. The public of Uttar Pradesh will answer people who shoot with ballots and will respond to hate with love.”
The Z category is the second-highest level of security cover. It is provided by armed commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force.
Owaisi also demanded that a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act should be filed against those who fired at him.
The AIMIM chief had earlier asked the Election Commission to order an independent inquiry into the firing in Uttar Pradesh and said it was the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh and Central government to conduct an investigation.