All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad police against the alleged “pictorial depiction” of Prophet Mohammed in a Telugu daily and sought registration of a criminal case, the party officially announced in Hyderabad on Friday.
According to a press release issued here by the AIMIM, in a complaint addressed to Hyderabad Police Commissioner, the party alleged that the Telangana edition of the Telugu daily dated May 1, published from Hyderabad, prominently carried an article on page 12 entitled ‘Mahopakari Mohammed Pravakta’.
Allegedly, the article also carried a “pictorial representation” of Prophet Mohammed, the AIMIM release said, adding, pictorial representation is strictly taboo in Islam and any such imaginary hurt religious sentiments and feelings of the entire Muslim community.
The AIMIM release alleged that publication of Prophet Mohammed;s pictorial representation is a blatant attempt by publishers of the Telugu daily to hurt the religious sentiments and sensibilities of Muslims by causing them untold mental agony, at a time when Telangana state’s law and order situation is peaceful.
The release said AIMIM’s Charminar MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri and other party leaders handed over a copy of their complaint to Additional Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Anjani Kumar seeking necessary action.
The AIMIM requested that the Station House Officer of the Central Crime Station (CCS) or concerned police station to immediately register an FIR and case against publishers and editors of the Telugu daily, besides the writer of the article under Section 153 A and 295 A of the Indian Penal Code and investigate the matter, the release said.
The AIMIM also requested steps to restrict circulation of the article through the social media or other online media by unsocial elements who might want to disturb peace and communal harmony in Telangana state and Hyderabad, the release said. Police said they have recieved the complaint and are looking into the matter.