All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen member Syed Mateen Sayyad Rashid was arrested in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad on Friday night after he opposed a condolence resolution for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the municipal corporation, reported PTI.
A police officer on Saturday said that the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s security officer filed a complaint against Rashid, who was arrested on charges of trying to promote enmity and incite riot.
Later, the police also registered a case against five Bharatiya Janata Party corporators, including the city’s deputy mayor Vijay Sainath Autade, for allegedly beating up Rashid at a general body meeting of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation on Friday. None of them have been arrested so far.
Rashid, who was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, will be questioned after his discharge, PTI quoted Inspector Dadasaheb Shingare as saying.
Shingare said the BJP corporators were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 147 (rioting). The police are also on the lookout for close to a dozen people who vandalised a car and created ruckus outside the AMC building, he said.
On Thursday, BJP corporator Raju Vaidya tabled a proposal to pay tributes to Vajpayee, who died on August 16 in New Delhi. The motion was opposed by Rashid, after which he was allegedly thrashed, said Shingare. After the meeting, Autade told the AMC’s security officer to lodge a complaint against Rashid.
The municipal corporation’s general body also passed a resolution to cancel Rashid’s membership, PTI quoted an unnamed civic official as saying.