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Owaisi Refuses ‘Z’ Security, Asks Govt To End “Hate, Radicalisation”

The Hyderabad MP demanded that the shooters be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

New Delhi: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday said he does not need a ‘Z’ category security, day after his convoy was attacked in western Uttar Pradesh. He targeted the ruling governments asking them to end “hate and radicalisation”. On Thursday, shots were fired as his vehicle slowed down near Chhajarsi toll plaza on the Hapur-Ghaziabad stretch of the National Highway 24.

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Owaisi said, “I don’t fear death. I don’t want ‘Z’ category security, I reject it. Make me an ‘A’ category citizen.” ‘Z’ category security is the second-highest security provided to a person in the country.

The Hyderabad MP demanded that the culprits be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). “I will not remain silent. Please do justice, charge them (shooters) with UAPA. I appeal to the government to end hate, radicalisation,” said Owaisi.

“Who are these people who believe in bullets and not the ballot, who have so much hate. If this is the kind of politics we are going to see, of bullets being strewn at a tollbooth, we can see the kind of radicalisation,” he said.

One of the accused has been arrested, while another detained and weapons recovered, police said on Thursday.

Under ‘Z’ category security, CRPF commandos will be deployed for Owaisi’s security 24X7. About 16-20 armed commandos will be deployed in shifts. He will also be provided with an escort and a pilot vehicle when he travels by road. ‘Z-plus’ is the highest category security provided to a person with high threat perception in India.

Owaisi on Thursday asked the Election Commission to ensure an independent probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said he will give a detailed reply in Parliament on the firing incident on February 7.

In Hyderabad, security forces were deployed as a large number of people, including AIMIM supporters, staged a protest at Charminar condemning the attack on MP Asaduddin Owaisi.