Monday, May 10, 2010

MIM MLA Afsar Khan arrested for assaulting policeman on duty

April 18, 2010:

Hyderabad police Sunday arrested Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Afsar Khan for slapping a police constable.

Afsar Khan, member of Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly from Karwan constituency in Hyderabad, and his two supporters were booked under section 353 of the Indian Penal Code (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty).

The case was booked at Humayun Nagar police station and the legislator and his two aides were taken into custody. A large number of Jihadi supporters of Khan gathered outside the police station protesting his arrest. The MLA was released on bail late in the night.

Police said the MLA slapped constable Shiva Prasad of Humayun Nagar police station Saturday when Shiva tried to stop Khan's cousin Jeelani from beating a Hindu boy at Sakina complex in Mehdipatnam area over a petty issue.

The incident took place in the presence of sub-inspector Nagendar Rao. The police reached the complex after a woman lodged a complaint that Jeelani was beating her son for disturbing residents of the complex. As the police intervened and tried to stop Jeelani, a cousin of the MLA, and others from beating the boy, Khan reached there and allegedly slapped the constable.

Violent attacks are not new to Khan. This Jihadi legislator has been arrested on at least three occasions in the past on criminal charges.

In 2008, Khan was arrested for opening fire in the air to stop civic officials from demolishing an illegal building.

In August 2007, Khan was one among the three MIM legislators arrested for violently attacking and attempting to lynch feminist and human rights crusader Taslima Nasreen at Hyderabad Press Club for blasphemy.

Attack on Doctors

In December 2007, he allegedly attacked Hindu junior doctors at government-run Niloufer Hospital. The barbaric attack triggered indefinite strike by doctors, paralysing healthcare across the state for several days. The AP Junior Doctors Association (APJDA) G. Raju said that the MLA’s inhuman behavior was nothing short of an attack on the medical profession.

Junaid, a relative of MIM legislator Afsar Khan, took his daughter to Niloufer Hospital. He assaulted some doctors and ransacked a room following an argument with doctors after he was asked for a case shoot of the patient. He was taken into police custody following a complaint by the doctors. Later, Afsar Khan arrived at the hospital with his supporters.

Doctors revealed Khan abused and manhandled several of them, including some women doctors. He also went to Nampally police station, where Junaid was being hold, and lodged a counter complaint against the doctors, accusing them of negligence and misconduct. The doctors went on a flash strike and demanded Khan's arrest.

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