Former Congress legislator Asif Khan has been arrested for abusing and misbehaving with policemen in Shaheen Bagh area of Delhi, officials said.
In a video released by the Delhi Police, a policeman tells the MLA that he should not make inflammatory speech in Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood in South Delhi.
In response, an angry Khan calls the policemen ‘kutte’ (a dog) and uses abusive words for them amid hooting by a crowd accompanying the Congress leader.
“This man tells me what to say and what not to. Will you tell me what to say? Chala ja s**le, nahi to juice nikaal dunga tera 2 minute me,” he can be heard speaking on a loudspeaker.
As his tirade continues, the crowd pushes and shoves policemen in a bylane.
Asif, a two-time MLA and councillor, was campaigning in favour of his daughter Areeba Khan in the ensuing municipal corporation elections.
“Corruption people like you are looting the people of this area,” he says.
A case has been registered against him under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duties) and 353 (assault of public servant) at Shaheen Bagh police station. Khan is the main accused in the case.
Two more persons – Minhaaz (28) and Saabir (38) have been detained by the police. “Their role is being examined,” the police said in a statement.
“Raids are going on for arrest of the remaining accused who assaulted and misbehaved with police officers,” it added.
In a video statement, former MLA Khan accused the policemen of favouring a candidate named Wazid, who is contesting against his daughter from Shaheen Bagh.
“Because Wazid works as a middleman and helps the police exhort money from local street vendors and shopkeepers. They want to demoralise me. That would not happen. I’ll fight back,” he said.
He defended his behaviour, saying he will continue to fight for the rights of the local population.