Akbaruddin @ Nirmal

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was shifted to Nirmal town in Andhra Pradesh’s Adilabad district Tuesday night after he was arrested in Hyderabad on charges of making a venomous speech last month.

Amid tight security, the legislator was brought to the rural police station in Nirmal town, about 200 km from here, at 10 p.m. There was tension near the police station for some time as some legislators staged a protest when they were not allowed proceed towards it. Police arrested two legislators for violating prohibitory orders.

Police officers began questioning Akbar Owaisi with regard to the speech delivered by him at a public meeting in the town on Dec 22. He was accompanied by his younger brother Burhanuddin Owaisi, editor of Urdu daily ‘Etemaad’ and his lawyer.

Akbar Owaisi, to be produced before a magistrate later, is likely to be lodged in the sub-jail in the town.

MIM workers tried to stop the convoy near the town but were dispersed by the police. The protestors raised slogans against the chief minister.

Nirmal turned into a fortress with police forces deployed across the town to prevent any untoward incident. Some leaders of MIM and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were arrested as a precautionary measure.