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Rashid Masood speech: SP leader arrested for inflammatory speech in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur

Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) national vice president Rashid Masood has been booked for making an inflammatory speech in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district, allegedly intended at provoking party activists to launch an assault against policemen, officials said Thursday.

The case against Masood was registered Wednesday evening under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to police, Masood allegedly asked party workers at a rally in Saharanpur Monday to not hesitate in killing cops for safeguarding their self-esteem.

"He literally called upon the party workers and supporters to take law into their hands and start attacking policemen," inspector Muneesh Chandra Sharma told reporters in Saharanpur, some 400 km from Lucknow.

"The SP leader has been booked under IPC's sections 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servants) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant)," he added.

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