Take back your CCTV cameras, Owaisi tells police after his Delhi home is attacked for the 4th time

In 2022, at least two attacks were reported on the AIMIM leader, including shots fired at his car in Uttar Pradesh.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Feb 20, 2023 | 5:09 PM Updated Feb 20, 2023 | 5:10 PM

AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi's house was allegedly pelted with bricks on 19 February night at Ashoka Road in Delhi

Without naming any individual, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday, 20 February, said that those who pelted stones at his Delhi residence were the same people who adhere to Nathuram Godse’s ideology and want to finish the rule of law.

The statement comes a day after the four-time Member of Parliament representing the Hyderabad constituency alleged that his Ashoka Road residence in Delhi had been attacked again.

Meanwhile, a patrolling vehicle of the Delhi Police has reportedly been stationed outside Owaisi’s residence in the wake of the alleged incident.

Reacting to it, Owaisi told reporters, “The Central government has to see if an MP’s house can be attacked, then what all can be done. I am not threatened by such incidents. If anybody has fear, he should not be in the Modi era.”

AIMIM spokesperson Tauseef Mohammed told South First, “We do not know who is behind this attack right now. We will see what comes through once the police are done with the investigation.”

‘Who am I when Junaid and Nasir can be burnt alive?’

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Owaisi said, “I reached my residence from Jaipur at 11.30 pm on Sunday to find the glass on my windows broken and bricks and stones lying around. My domestic help informed me that a group of miscreants threw bricks and stones at my residence. This is the fourth such incident since 2014.”

He pointed out: “There is a police station just 10 steps away. The ECI (Election Commission of India office is also nearby. This is a high-security zone with several cameras.”

Cops examining the incident at Owaisi's residence

Cops examining the incident at Owaisi’s residence. (screengrab)

He added that a Delhi Police team led by an additional DCP visited his residence and surveyed the scene of the alleged attack.

“I asked him (DCP) to take their CCTV cameras back with them as every time this happens, there is no breakthrough.”

Referring to the recent Bhiwani killings, Owaisi said, “When Junaid and Nasir can be beaten and burnt alive in broad daylight, who am I? Those who are doing this, it is because ideologically their party is in power. These people have been highly radicalised and they think they can fulfil their aspirations through violence.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) New Delhi Pranav Tayal told South First, “On Sunday, some unidentified persons allegedly threw bricks at the AIMIM chief’s residence, damaging windows and doors.”

He added that the investigation was underway and legal action was being taken based on Owaisi’s complaint.

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The monkey saga

Told that the cops were saying monkeys might have thrown stones, Owaisi quipped: “It’s right. These monkeys are enemies of India’s democracy.”

He added, “But they do not throw stones at the ECI office or the police station. So, I think these monkeys know at whom to throw stones, and that they are trained. They are very loyal and obedient monkeys. There should be research on them.”

Reacting to the Union Government’s proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the AIMIM leader also spoke about the fundamental rights of Indian Muslims under Article 29 of the Constitution

“No government can snatch fundamental rights based on the UCC. If so, then why the law on Love Jihad? Remove it and other such laws,” Owaisi demanded.

Previous attacks on Owaisi

On 7 November last year, the window pane of the Vande Bharat Express in Gujarat — which had Owaisi on board — was broken by some unidentified persons.

On 3 February of the same year, Owaisi’s car had come under attack in Hapur in Uttar Pradesh while he was returning to Delhi after attending election-related events in the western part of the state.

The incident happened a week before Assembly polls began in the state.

The cops arrested three persons — Sachin Sharma, Shubham Gurjar, and Aalim — for their alleged involvement in the incident.

While the UP High Court granted bail to them, the Supreme Court in November 2022 cancelled it and asked the accused to surrender within a week.

Later in the week, Owaisi was provided Z-category security.

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