PUNE: When Pune police denied consent to hold an open rally to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in which Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi was attending as the chief speaker, one reason cited was life threats to him. The Khadak Police station had been very specific in their report about the risk of security when it also said that there could be a threat to his (AIMIM chief‘s) life.
According to the reports, the Khadak Police has denied permission for a rally to the AIMIM since the area which was proposed for the rally was seen as ‘sensitive’ due to the presence of multiple communities in large number. Owaisi on the other hand is known for his fiery and gruesome speeches which may trigger discontent among a section posing a potential threat to security. AIMIM chief was on the other hand was adamant, and he retorted back to the Pune Police, as if he wants to say ‘It is your duty to give protection and security to him’. AIMIM had fielded 25 of its candidates in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Elections for which Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi was in the city to campaign for his candidates.
Since it has been seen in Mumbai that police has been providing elaborate security, unprecedented in Muslim areas of Mumbai, at all locations where another AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi is addressing the crowds. Such security has been provided to Shiv Sena and MNS leaders in the past as well, in which not only multiple security rings are provided but policemen are also posted at all surrounding building roof tops whereas all nearby roads are closed as security measures.
This speaks volumes about the security threats to the lives of Owaisi Brothers and it is presumed that police has concrete intelligence, yet the officers are not confirming it officially while the forces deployed for those AIMIM meetings in which Owaisi Brothers speak are clear indications. Sources in the Mumbai Police say that the police have been alerted about the possible threat to the lives of AIMIM leaders, but there is no specific input. The police are making elaborate security arrangements for Owaisi brothers.
But who are the forces or elements who want to kill Owaisi Brothers? This question is not being answered.
As in the past as well, Akbaruddin Owaisi was attacked mercilessly in Hyderabad. Owaisi brothers give fiery speeches which angers some sections of the society. These fiery speeches, some police officers say, can instigate some fanatic elements to take some extreme steps. Therefore the police cannot take risk and they provide security as per the threat perceptions and intelligence inputs.
Maharashtra has recently seen a few murders by extremist elements. Sanatan Sanstha members have been arrested in Govind Pansare and Dr. Dhabolkar murder cases. Recently a Congress leader in Bhiwandi was killed, and this murder has sent shock-waves in the political circles. Therefore police is extra cautious, especially for those politicians who are in priority list of security, as per the threat perception and intelligence input.