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Police working under Sena pressure, Owaisi Pune meet at any cost: MIM
Tuesday February 3, 2015 1:13 PM, Staff Reporter

A day after its 'Muslim Reservation Conference' to be held on February 04 in Pune is denied permission, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) attacked the Maharashtra police accusing it of 'dancing to the tune' of the Shiv Sena - a partner in the BJP led state government.

Asaduddin Owaisi
[Asaduddin Owaisi with younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi and other MIM leaders in a file photo.]

"The permission for the proposed conference to be held at the Golibar Maidan was taken well in advance. But, Pune police changed its decision in the last minute after unnecessary objections were raised by Shiv Sena. It clearly shows that the police is working under pressure of the Shiv Sena", Imtiyaz Jaleel, MIM legislator from Aurangabad, said while talking to

He also said that the MIM is searching for an alternate venue for the rally, to be organised jointly by Mulnivasi Muslim Manch and Action Committee Maharashtra (ACM).
 "We will not cancel our scheduled program just because someone has raised objections. We are searching for a suitable place and the meet will be organised at any cost", he said.
 Besides MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisia, retired Bombay High Court judge B.G. Kolse-Patil, who heads the Lokshashan Andolan, several NGOs and other Maratha political activists, have been listed as speakers.

Police Monday refused permission to the proposed Muslim conference on reservations on technical grounds and after objections from the Pune Cantonment Board and the local Shiv Sena.

In a written communication, Vanavdi police station head Bapurao Kale informed the organizers that the CEO of Pune Cantonment Board had objected to the Golibar Maidan being allotted for the public conference.

Besides the PCB's reservations, local Shiv Sena president Vinayak Nimhan has objected to the conference and sought restrictions on it as Owaisi's speeches could created communal hatred.

Submitting a memorandum to the police commissioner demanding restrictions on the event and Owaisi, he claimed that Owaisi's speech may "disrupt communal harmony" and warned that his party would not tolerate any objectionable remarks at the conference.

Action Committee Maharashtra (ACM) spokesperson Rafi Anjum Inamdar reacted saying it was strange that the Shiv Sena has demanded curbs on a Lok Sabha MP's speech even before he has spoken. "Let him first speak then decide whether it is objectionable or not."

The ACM and MIM said in a statement that the conference was "apolitical and it had no intentions of spreading animosity among communities".

This is not the first time Asaduddin Owaisi has been denied permission to hold rally in Maharashtra. Under the earstwhile Congress and NCP government too the Maharashtra police had curbed on MIM rallies to be held in Malegaon, Mumbra, Dhule and Aurangabad.

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