Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Azmi called for the withdrawal of police cases against 11 individuals accused of carrying a Hamas flag during a rally in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district in November.
Azmi dismissed the allegations as false and stated that the pro-Palestine rally, organised with proper permission, had been targeted by a counter-rally with provocative slogans.
Azmi claimed that no police action was taken against the unauthorised counter-protest.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had previously assured appropriate action based on a BJP MLC's claim that pro-Hamas slogans were raised at the rally.
Azmi argued, "an MLC recently asked a question about this incident, and immediately, cases were registered against 11 persons for carrying a Hamas flag. This claim is false. The protestors had carried a flag of Palestine."
During a legislative council discussion, MLC Prasad Lad had asserted that individuals supporting Hamas had participated in the rally, prompting the deputy chief minister to promise a thorough examination of the information provided by Lad and appropriate action.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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