Asaduddin Owaisi again denies Z-category security

On Monday i.e., 7 February 2022, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah urged, MP and All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, Asaduddin Owaisi to accept the Z-category security offered to him by the central government following the attack on his convoy in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur on 3 February 2022.

Responding to Amit Shah’s appeal Owaisi denied to accept Z-category security. According to media reports, he said: “Amit Shah appealed today for me to take back Z security. Owaisi will be safe once the Dalits, the downtrodden and the minorities of this country are safe.”

On Thursday, 3 February, shots were fired at Owaisi’s vehicle near a toll plaza on NH9 in Hapur while he was en route to Delhi after attending an event in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered and two people have been arrested in connection with the attack. Two pistols and a Maruti Alto car were apprehended. Sachin Sharma, one of the persons arrested for allegedly firing at the vehicle of the AIMIM president, had claimed that he’s a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

After a few hours of the arrest of the two persons for shooting at Asaduddin Owaisi, Hindu Sena president Vishnu Gupta in a statement said that the shooting was a warning to Owaisi with no intent of “hurting him”.

On 4 February, Owaisi had said that he did not want Z-category security. He questioned why his alleged attackers had not been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) yet.

On Monday, Amit Shah stated that Owaisi has a security threat and so the government has decided to provide ‘Z’ category security (with a bullet-proof) car to him. He added, “Even though Owaisi has refused the cover, I request that he accept this cover, through the members of the House.”

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