A corporator has been arrested for opposing a resolution in the municipal corporation to pay tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a police official said today.
Syed Mateen Sayyad Rashid, a member of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a Hyderabad-based political party, was apprehended last night, he said.
The arrest was made after a complaint was filed against him by the AMC's security officer, he said.
Rashid has been booked under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 294 (obscene acts in public) at the City Chowk police station, police said.
Earlier yesterday, the 32-year-old was allegedly thrashed by BJP corporators for opposing the condolence motion tabled for paying homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died in New Delhi on August 16.
The alleged incident took place during the general body meeting of the civic body, ruled by the BJP-Shiv Sena combine, in central Maharashtra, an official had said.
After the meeting began, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Raju Vaidya tabled a proposal to pay tributes to Vajpayee. Rashid opposed it, which infuriated the saffron party members, who allegedly thrashed him, he said.
A video clip purportedly showing Rashid being kicked, punched and slapped by BJP...