BSP leader booked for ‘defending’ terror attack

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Haji Yaqoob Qureshi was booked on Thursday for allegedly defending the terror attack on the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo by saying disrespect to Prophet Mohammad should invite death.

The Uttar Pradesh Police said a case was registered against the former State Minister under Section 505(1)(c) (with intent to incite, or likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against other class or community) of the Indian Penal Code at the Kotwali police station here. The police took cognisance of Mr. Qureshi’s statement and registered a case after it was reported by the media on Wednesday.

“Action will be taken only after further investigation,” Senior Superintendent of Police Omkar Singh told The Hindu.

The All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, a unity centre of Islamic organisations, condemned Mr. Qureshi’s remarks. Its president, Zafarul-Islam Khan, said Mr. Qureshi’s statement was meant for cheap publicity.

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