Ahead of local elections in the country’s most populous state… an armed attack on the head of one of the largest Muslim parties in India
The head of the Popular Front Movement in India, Anis Ahmed, called on the government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to investigate and prosecute those involved in the armed attack on the parliamentarian and head of the All India Muslim Union Council, Asaduddin Owaisi.
On Thursday evening, Owaisi was subjected to an armed attack on the highway returning from participating in an election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh (southeast of New Delhi, the capital), when two gunmen fired several bullets that hit his car.
The incident aroused wide interest in the Indian media since last night, and interactions on social media.
Asaduddin Owaisi, who is from a well-known political family in Hyderabad, demanded the Indian Election Commission to form an independent investigation committee into the incident, blaming the state government as well as the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for revealing the circumstances of the incident.
The Indian police promised to continue the investigation until the judiciary takes responsibility in the case, after the arrest of one of the attackers, and a pistol was found at the scene, while the other fled.
This is the first incident of its kind targeting a Muslim political figure in India, and his party has a prominent parliamentary and popular presence, in the midst of political and popular incitement against Muslims in India by Hindu currents.
This incident comes with the candidacy of Asaduddin Owaisi, and the participation of his party (Majlis Union of Muslims) in the elections of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the most numerous among the states of India, with an estimated population of 200 million, located southeast of New Delhi (Northern India).
His party – which was founded 95 years ago – is participating in 100 constituencies out of a total of 402 in the state, in a competition for its local council and in alliance with other parties.
The elections will be held in 7 phases, between the tenth of February and the seventh of next March.