New Delhi, Feb 4: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday turned down an offer for the second highest ‘Z’ category security cover, a day after shots were fired at his car while he was returning to Delhi after campaigning in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut.
“I don’t want Z category security. I want to be an A category citizen, at par with you all. Why was UAPA (UAPA is the tough anti-terror law) not invoked against those who fired at me?” he said.
“I want to live, to speak. My life will be safe when the poor are safe. I will not get scared of those who shot at my car,” he said in Parliament.
The government had decided to provide him with Z category security by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) after reviewing the threat level in the light of last night’s attack.
Two men have been arrested for allegedly firing at his convoy at Meerut’s Kithoudh area when he was leaving Meerut’s Kithoudh area for Delhi and have been sent to 14 days’ custody, police said.
One of the accused is Sachin, a resident of Noida who has an earlier attempt to murder case against him.