A case has been registered against the Sambhal MP at the Sadar police station on a complaint lodged by Rajesh Singhal, regional vice-president of BJP Western Uttar Pradesh, late on Tuesday night.
“We received a complaint that MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq had compared Taliban to India’s freedom fighters. Such statements qualify as sedition. So an FIR has been registered against him under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between groups) and 295A (outraging religious feelings) of the Indian penal code. Two others said similar things in an FB video, they’ve also been booked, said Sambhal SP.
The SP MP had issued a statement on August 16 hailing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and comparing their assault on the country with India’s freedom struggle.
He had said the Taliban was fighting for the freedom of their country and it was an internal matter of Afghanistan.
“When India was under British rule, our country fought for freedom. Now Taliban wants to free their country and run it. Taliban is a force that did not allow even strong countries like Russia and the US to settle in their country,” Barq had said.
Reacting to Samajwadi Party MP’s comment, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya had criticised Barq and said there is no difference between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the leaders of the SP.
“The Samajwadi Party can say anything, if such a statement has come from the SP on the Taliban, then what is the difference between Imran Khan and the leaders of the SP?” he had said.
Earlier, Peace Party spokesman Shadab Chauhan had also congratulated the Taliban on the ‘peaceful’ transfer of power in
BJP spokesman Manish Shukla had come down heavily on Khan saying, “Chauhan’s tweet reflects the posture of his Peace Party. We strongly condemn it.”
Meanwhile, the SP MP said, “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 government’s policies.”
(With inputs from agencies)