Police in Bihar on Wednesday ordered the arrest of AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi over alleged remarks made by him during an election rally in Muslim-dominated Kishanganj district. The controversial All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader (AIMIM) had on Sunday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "zalim (tyrant)" and "shaitan (devil)" for his alleged involvement in 2002 Gujarat riots. "Modi is a zalim and shaitan and responsible for 2002 Gujarat riots," he had said.
"There is a section, including me, who consider no one other than Modi responsible for Gujarat riots of 2002," said Owaisi, a legislator in Telangana and the younger brother of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. The AIMIM is contesting the Bihar Assembly polls in six Muslim-dominated constituencies in Seemanchal area comprising Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts. Muslims form 16.5 percent of Bihar's 105 million population.