New Delhi: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday rejected Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s appeal to accept ‘Z’ category security, saying that he is a free bird, and want to live freely.
“Today in the parliament, home minister Amit Shah asked me to accept Z category security. I want to say to him that the value of my life is not more than 22 people who died during the CAA protest,” the Hyderabad MP said.
“I don’t like people with arms around me, I’m a free bird, want to live freely,” Owaisi added.
Earlier in the Parliament, Home Minister Amit Shah requested the Muslim leader to accept Z category protection, offered by the government after a recent attack on his car, saying he still faces a security threat. Making a statement in Rajya Sabha, Shah said the Hyderabad MP has refused to take the CRPF protection.
The minister said that Owaisi had been offered security in the past too and a government assessment has found that he still faces security threat.”We have reassessed the security of Owaisi. We have provided him in Delhi a bullet-proof car under all India level Z category security of Central Reserve Police Force on the basis of assessment,” he said.
“As per the verbal information sent by Owaisi to us, he has refused to take security. I request Shri Owaisi through this House to take the security immediately and address our concern (about his safety),” Shah said in the Upper House. He also told the House that the Ministry of Home Affairs has received a report from the state government on the attack.
“The central government has issued directions to provide security to Owaisi many times earlier also. Telangana Police and Delhi Police remained unsuccessful in providing security to Owaisi due to his unwillingness for that,” the minister said.
This is not the first time that Owaisi refused security cover by the Centre following an attack on his car in Hapur on February 3. The Hyderabad MP asked the Narendra Modi government to make him an A category citizen at par with all.
Owaisi’s car was fired upon at Chhajarsi toll plaza in Hapur district of west Uttar Pradesh when he was returning to Delhi after campaigning for a party candidate. Two men were arrested in connection with the attack.
Shah informed the House that the AIMIM leader did not have a scheduled programme in Hapur and no prior information was sent regarding his visit to the district control room.
“Local police inspected the site of the incident and arrested two accused and also recovered two pistols and an Alto car. “A forensic team is investigating the site of the incident and the (recovered) vehicles. Evidence is being collected. “Uttar Pradesh Police is also interrogating the two accused. The law and order situation is normal in the district. They are on high alert,” Shah also stated.