Union minister Sanjeev Baliyan booked for calling Azam Khan a ‘terrorist’

RAMPUR: A case has been filed against Sanjeev Baliyan, Union minister of state for agriculture on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh for calling urban development minister Azam Khan a terrorist.

This comes after Baliyan’s statement on Sunday in which he targeted Samajwadi leader Azam Khan who had on the same day alleged that BJP President Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have been repeatedly targeting the Muslim community.

Azam Khan also lashed out at right-wing groups for “praising” Nathuram Godse.

Hitting back, Baliyan said that “Azam Khan is responsible for communal riots in Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar.”

“Khan is incharge of Muzaffarnagar but since the occurrence of riots he has not visited the district,” Baliyan told reporters near Kalsa village about 60km from Rampur.

He also said that as a very responsible minister in the state cabinet, Khan should not make statements like the one he made on Mulayam Singh Yadav’s birthday celebration that it was funded by the Taliban.

Azam’s aide had lodged an FIR against Baliyan at the Ganj Police Station. Baliyan has been booked under section 153(A) and 505 of IPC.