Ajaz Khan of 'Bigg Boss' fame arrested over communal remarks
The Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested actor Ajaz Khan for his objectionable comments on social media, according to reports. Khan had accused that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of spreading hatred towards Muslims through the media to skirt accountability on the coronavirus outbreak. The development comes a day after people called for Khan's arrest on Twitter. Here are more details.
Khan arrested for defamation, hate speech, promoting enmity
According to ANI, Khan has been arrested for defamation, hate speech and the violation of prohibitory orders amid the nationwide lockdown. A case had been registered against him at the Khar Police Station under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different religious groups) and other relevant sections, PTI reported. Further probe in the matter is underway.
What were the controversial remarks made by Khan?
In a recent Facebook live, Khan said Muslims are being blamed for all mishaps in India. He said, "If an ant dies, a Muslim is responsible. If there's an earthquake in Delhi, a Muslim is responsible." He alleged the BJP government is targeting Muslims through certain news portals. He also prayed for the families of "corrupt" journalists to get infected with the coronavirus.
Khan was arrested over controversial TikTok video last year
Khan, who is known for appearing on the reality show Bigg Boss, had earlier been arrested in July last year for promoting religious enmity. He had been arrested over a controversial TikTok video related to the lynching of Tabrez Ansari. Back in October 2018, he was arrested by Navi Mumbai's Anti-Narcotics Cell from a Mumbai hotel for allegedly possessing drugs.