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Congress LS candidate Imran Masood arrested Today

Saharanpur, 29 March-2014(IANS): Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood was on Saturday arrested on charges of hate speech in which he threatened to “chop” Narendra Modi “into pieces”, remarks that led to an FIR being filed against him by police besides sparking an outrage.

Congress LS candidate Imran Masood arrested Today

Congress LS candidate Imran Masood arrested Today

Masood was arrested in the wee hours, police said. Congress had distanced itself from the remarks by Masood, who is contesting from Saharanpur, saying it abjures violence whether of language or otherwise while BJP had condemned it as inflammatory and dragged Congress President Sonia Gandhi into the controversy.

A video footage of the election rally in Saharanpur, showing Masood attacking the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, had gone viral on the web.

“If Modi tries to make Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat, then we will chop him into tiny pieces…I am not scared of getting killed or attacking someone. I will fight against Modi. He thinks UP is Gujarat. Only 4 per cent Muslims are there in Gujarat while there are 42 per cent Muslims in UP,” he had said.

However, he later apologised for his remarks, saying, “I should have been more cautious with my words” and that the same were said in the heat of electioneering.

UP Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Amrendra Sengar said an FIR has been registered against Masood at Deoband police station of Saharanpur.

Sengar told reporters in Lucknow that the Congress nominee has been booked under section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation Of The People Act, and various IPC sections.

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  1. Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood was today sent to jail by a court for 14 days after he was arrested before dawn for his hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to “chop” Narendra Modi “into pieces”.
    40-year-old Masood, who was arrested before dawn by police from his residence here, was produced before Deoband Judicial Magistrate Archana Rani who rejected his bail plea and sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.
    “Rahul Gandhi’s rally is being postponed. The next date for it will be decided later on,” CLP leader Pradeep Mathur said earlier in the day.

    Rahul gave vent to his anguish at his back-to-back rallies in Ghaziabad and Saharanpur and said he should not have used such words against the Opposition leader.

    He said the words used do not reflect the ideology of the Congress. “Congress does not have such a thought process.”

    “He should not have used such words against the Opposition leader. I want to tell the whole country that words he used against one of opposition leaders is not our ideology,” Rahul said, without naming Masood while addressing a public meeting in Ghaziabad.