SP MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq Booked under Sedition

Apart from sedition, Burq has been booked under section 153A (Promoting hostility among gatherings), and 295A (Outraging religious feelings) after a Sambhal BJP president Omveer Kharagvanshi filed complaint against SP leader.

By Yashika Goel

Shafiqur Rahman Barq

The Uttar Pradesh Police has booked Samajwadi Party MP from UP’s Sambhal Shafiqur Rahman Barq under sedition law on Wednesday for comparing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan with India’s freedom struggle.

UP police said that two other people who made similar remarks on a Facebook video had additionally been booked under section 124A.

Apart from sedition, Burq has been booked under section 153A (Promoting hostility among gatherings), and 295A (Outraging religious feelings) after a Sambhal BJP president Omveer Kharagvanshi filed complaint against SP leader.

On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rahman had said that “Taliban wants to free their country” and compared the Taliban takeover with Indian freedom struggle.

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 “When India was under British rule, our country fought for freedom. Now Taliban wants to free their country & run it. Taliban is a force that did not allow even strong countries like Russia & America to settle in their country”, 91-year-old leader said to news agency ANI.

Reacting to Burq remark, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “Anything can occur in SP. These individuals in SP, BSP, and Congress do pacification governmental issues. On the off chance that they give such sort of comments what is the distinction between them and Imran Khan'”.

Now, defending and denying his previous statement Barq told ANI that “I didn’t make any such statement (comparing Taliban with Indian freedom fighters). My statement has been misinterpreted. I’m a citizen of India, not of #Afghanistan, so I’ve no business with what is happening there. I support my govt’s policies”.


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