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Jan 09, 2013 at 07:33pm IST

Hate speech: Owaisi sent to 14-day judicial custody, MIM supporters turn violent

Hyderabad: MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who was arrested on Tuesday for a hate speech has now been charged for waging war against the state and sedition. His plea to be transferred to a Hyderabad jail was rejected by a court on Wednesday.

Within hours of Owaisi being whisked away to Adilabad district jail on Wednesday morning in his hate speech case, media vehicles came under attack. Miscreants shouting pro-MIM slogans resorted to stone pelting and also damaged a few public buses. All this when prohibitory orders were imposed in the town following Owaisi's arrest.

Additional SP Amberkishore Jha said, "I will see who was on duty at this time and will take action. We have imposed this section so that no untoward incident happens."

But a law and order fallout might not be the only concern for the state government. MIM will be looking at Owaisi's arrest as a political opportunity as well, to further strengthen their votebank, making it tougher for an already struggling state Congress unit.

The MIM had been an ally of the Congress for 14 years till a temple row led to the party withdrawing support in November 2012. With seven MLAs, one MP and a strong political legacy in Hyderabad, the MIM is also now looking to expand party roots beyond Hyderabad with a statewide campaign which is a growing concern for the Congress.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "The law will look into what has happened in Hyderabad. There will be no compromise with the secularism of this country."

Political analysts believe the hate speech case and subsequent arrests have drawn fresh battle lines In Andhra Pradesh politics. Owaisi meanwhile has been remanded to 14-days judicial custody. His petition to be transferred to a Hyderabad jail was denied by a court.

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