Hate speech: Imran Masood produced in court

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NEW DELHI, Mar 29- Congress leader Imran Masood has been produced in the Deoband court amidst heavy security as his supporters have created chaos outside the court.

As a fallout of Masood’s arrest, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi cancelled his scheduled visit to Saharanpur on Saturday.

Distancing from Masood’s statament, UPCC President Nirmal Khatri said, “the CD has been shown dates back to Dec 2013 when Imran Masood was part of SP. He was inducted into the Congress only on 8 March 2014. Congress is completely against such comments, but this particular incident cannot be associated with the party.”

Launching an attack on Modi, Union Minister Kapil Sibal blamed him for creating a trend of such comments. “Such statements should be made with stable mind, this trend was started by Modi himself. We should contest issue based elections. Our voters are intelligent people, they know what’s behind the mask,” he said.

Masood was arrested on the intervening night of March 28 and 29 from Saharanpur after he was seen threatening to chop Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi into pieces.

The video showed Masood addressing a gathering and claiming to kill Modi. Masood was also seen saying that Uttar Pradesh is not Gujarat, claiming that there is only 4 per cent Muslim population in Gujarat while the Muslim population in UP is 22 per cent.

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