Woman ASI suspended for shaking hand, hugging BJP Hyderabad MP candidate

Senior police officers ordered an inquiry and placed the ASI under suspension.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad City Police Commissioner K. Sreenivasa Reddy has placed a woman Assistant Sub Inspector of the Saidabad police station under suspension for shaking hands and hugging Hyderabad BJP Lok Sabha (MP) candidate Madhavi Latha during her campaign in Saidabad.

The ASI was on bandobast duty during the campaign of Madhavi Latha and BJP workers. In a video, the woman ASI is seen approaching the BJP candidate and hugging her after shaking hands.

The video was uploaded on social media platforms and attracted the attention of senior police officers who ordered an inquiry and placed the ASI under suspension.

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Recently, the Hyderabad BJP MP candidate was booked by the Begum Bazaar police for hate speech allegedly targeting the Muslim community and shooting-arrow gesture towards a mosque in Hyderabad.

The case was filed after Shaik Imran, a resident of First Lancer, Hyderabad, had lodged a complaint with the Begum Bazaar police. The complainant alleged that since BJP announced the candidature of Madhavi Latha for the Hyderabad Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituency, she has been making anti-Muslim comments.

On April 17, during the Ram Navami shobha yatra, Madhavi Latha allegedly made a gesture of shooting an arrow towards a mosque. The video of the incident went viral over social media. However, the BJP candidate alleged that a few persons had morphed the video to damage her campaign.

Shaik Imran, in his complaint, also alleged that the gesture has caused pain and anguish to the Muslim community.

The Begum Bazaar police have registered a case under IPC section 295(A) and 125 of the RP Act (deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class by words, either spoken or written, or or by signs or by visible representations) against Madhavi Latha and taken up investigation.

Notice will be issued to her and further legal course of action will follow, police said.

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