City police refute Mushtaq Malik’s allegations on denial of permission for rally

Hyderabad: The city police on Wednesday denied allegations by the Tahreek Muslim Shabban president Mushtaq Malik, who accused police officers for declining permission for his proposed ‘Unity Rally’ in the old city.

In a statement, the Hyderabad police clarified that neither any officer nor any staff promised to grant the permission. “It is very unfortunate that he chose to make such unfounded and sweeping allegations against senior police officials, twisting the facts and speaking half truth,” it added.

Police officers are bound by law to do their duty and take necessary steps particularly who ever approach to accord permission for their program, the statement said. It clarified that the responsible persons of Tahreek Muslim Shaaban were informed that their application would be considered as per procedure.

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In wake of Ganesh Chaturthi starting from September 10, and heavy movement of idols across the city, the Tahreek Muslim Shabban’s application was rejected, stated the police. The Hyderabad police’s statement claimed that all permissions for rallies are processed as per the procedure taking feedback from the field officers.

“Mushtaq Mallik’s statement is full of falsehood, misquoting and twisting facts and he is unnecessarily casting aspersions to the Police officers acting as per law and procedure,” the press release said.

Mushtaq Malik on Tuesday alleged that Telangana police is “acting” as an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by declining the permission to the proposed Unity rally on September 8. His accusation was made pointing out that BJP state president Bandi Sanjay held a massive rally on August 28 at Charminar to kick-off his ongoing ‘Praja Sangrama Yatra’

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