The assault took place in Chhajlet area of Moradabad during the BSP government when Azam’s vehicle was stopped by police for routine checking, following which the SP leader created a ruckus by blocking the highway. Later, other leaders of his party and his son joined the protest.
A total of nine people, including former MLA Ikram Qureshi, were booked by police under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint) of IPC, along with section 7 of Criminal Amendment Act 1932.
Government counsel Mohanlal Bishnoi said, “Nine accused were chargesheeted in this case, and two of them – Azam Khan and Abdullah – were convicted while the other seven have been acquitted. The convicted accused were found guilty under IPC sections 353 and 341, along with section 7 in the Criminal Amendment Act 1932. They have been sentenced to two-year imprisonment, along with Rs 2,500 fine each. Both the accused had surrendered before the court and they will be granted bail as per the provision under section 437 of CrPC.