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Complaints Filed Against SP Leader Azam Khan Over Anti-Army Remarks

BJP supporters protest against Azam Khan after an anti-army statement, in Patna on Thursday. Credit: PTI

Lucknow: Two separate police complaints were today lodged against senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan over his controversial remarks against the Indian Army a few days ago. The complaints were filed at Hazratganj and Gautampalli police stations.

On June 27, while addressing party activists in Rampur, the SP national general secretary referred to “shameful violent incidents” in places such as Kashmir, Tripura, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He also claimed that excesses by security forces had led to “women in some places chopping off the private parts of Army men”.

Khan’s remarks triggered protests all across Uttar Pradesh today. In Sambhal, workers of the Hindu Jagran Manch torched Khan’s effigy and demanded that he be tied for treason. Similar protests were reported from Chandausi, Jaunpur, Mathura and Lakhimpur Kheri.

The ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) also condemned the statements of the SP leader, demanding that Khan’s party “sack” him for seeking to “divide the country” on religious lines.