The Talaiya police have booked MLA Arif Masood for inflammatory speech and promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.
Masood had organised a gathering to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron over a cartoon row at Iqbal maidan nearly a week ago. The Congress MLA had made ‘provocative’ speeches and a group had filed a complaint in this connection against him.
Earlier, FIR was registered against the Congress MLA and 2000 others for staging the protest in violation of Covid-19 restrictions. The police had arrested him, but he got bail and was released on Saturday. On Wednesday, a fresh complaint was lodged against him for making inflammatory speech to incite people and police inciting. Additional superintendent of police (ASP) Zone 3 Ramsnehi Mishra said the MLA had made inflammatory remarks on religious grounds and he has been booked under Section 153 A of IPC.