Congress candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, Salman Imtiaz, has been slapped with an order barring him from staying in the district.
The order which was pasted on his house on Friday was dated January 14. Additional District Magistrate city Rakesh Kumar Patel said that the ban was imposed “on the basis of his being charged under the Gunda Act since he posed a threat to the peace of the city.”
Imtiaz was served a ban order in March 2020 in the wake of the anti-CAA protest in the Aligarh Muslim University.
Imtiaz, a Ph.D. scholar, and outgoing Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union President was a forefront figure in the anti-CAA protest that erupted in India in 2019 winter after Narendra Modi’s government introduced the anti-Muslim amendment.
Imtiaz said to reporters that he had responded to the ban order in 2020 but there has been no official response to his plea since then. “Suddenly after I filed nomination, I was asked to leave the city and report at a police station in Kasganj district,” he told PTI.
“They’ve conspired to extern me from Aligarh district because they are well aware that if Salman Imtiaz wins this election they won’t be able to do their oppressive politics,” Imtiaz tweeted in Hindi.
Imtiaz had filed his nomination for the Uttar Pradesh polls on Thursday.
Last week, Speaking to Maktoob, Imtiaz said that the minorities are an important chunk of any democracy and he will raise the issues of persecution against minorities in the poll campaign.