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AIMIM Chief Owaisi rejects Z category security, demands UAPA on shooters

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday rejected the Z security given by the Centre in light of the attack on his convoy in Uttar Pradesh.

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Asaduddin Owaisi said that he does not want the Z category security provided to him but wanted to live with “freedom”.

“I don’t fear death. I don’t want Z category security, I reject it; make me an ‘A’ category citizen. I’ll not remain silent. Please do justice…charge them (shooters) with UAPA…appeal govt to end hate, radicalisation,” AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi said in Lok Sabha during the winter session of the Parliament.

On February 7, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will give a detailed reply in Parliament on the incident of firing on the AIMIM chief’s car in Uttar Pradesh, new agency reported.

Earlier during the day, the Centre provided ‘Z’ category security to Asaduddin Owaisi, a day after his convoy was attacked near the national capital. On Thursday evening, the convoy of the AIMIM chief was hit by bullets while he was returning from the election campaign in Meerut in Western Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place at a toll plaza near Delhi.

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The shooters left their weapons and escaped, police officials said.”I was leaving for Delhi after a poll event in Kithaur, Meerut. Three to four rounds of bullets were fired on my vehicle by two people near Chhajarsi toll plaza; there were three or four of them,” Owaisi told media.

Two men have been arrested allegedly for firing at the AIMIM president’s convoy when he was leaving Meerut’s Kithoudh area for Delhi after poll campaigning, police informed said.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, brother of Asaduddin, also reached Delhi late Thursday night. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut for campaigning on Thursday.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly election for the 403 assembly seats would be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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