Bollywood actor Ajaz Khan has been arrested in Mumbai for speaking on the plight of migrant workers who came out on streets amid lockdown. “If an ant dies, a Muslim is responsible, if an elephant dies, a Muslim is responsible. If there is an earthquake in Delhi, a Muslim is responsible. A Muslim is responsible for any incident. But have you ever thought who is responsible for this conspiracy?” asked Khan in a live video on Facebook.
“This was also pre-planned by BJP to defame Muslims and in turn defame Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray. BJP is trying to snatch Maharashtra from Uddhav Thackeray by playing communal politics,” Khan had said about the recent incident of migrant workers coming out on streets of Bandra demanding to go back home amid unplanned lockdown which has already killed several migrants out of hunger.
Police have registered Ajaz Khan under Sections 153A, 117 and 121 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It may be noted that Khan had been distributing food to the migrants stuck in Mumbai.
Section 153 of the IPC deals with people who promote enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.
Section 117 is about abetting the commission of an offence by the public or by more than ten persons.
A person is tried under Section 121 if he wages, or attempts to wage war, or abets the waging of a war, against the Government of India.
Ajaz Khan had thrice been arrested earlier. In July last year, he was arrested for posting objectionable videos that could have caused enmity among communities, police had said at the time.
In October 2018, he had been held for allegedly possessing banned drugs, police said.
The actor had been arrested in 2016 for sending lewd and vulgar messages to a hairstylist. In the past too, Ajaz Khan has indulged in promoting hate speech through his Facebook account which could disturb the communal harmony in the country.
He has starred in movies such as Rakta Charitra and Allah Ke Banday and acted in several television daily soaps including Rahe Tera Aashirwaad and Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki. Khan is known for his appearance in Bigg Boss 7. He also appeared on the TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a nationwide lockdown on 24 March for 21 days. It has then been extended to 3 May.