Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood from Saharanpur in West Uttar Pradesh was arrested on Saturday on charges of hate speech in which he threatened to “chop” Narendra Modi “into pieces”, remarks that led to an FIR being filed against him by police besides sparking an outrage.
Hours after his arrest, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s rally was cancelled in Saharanpur. He was to campaign for Mr Masood today.
Condemning Mr Masood’s remarks, senior party leader Digvijaya Singh had said yesterday that the comments should not go unpunished.
An FIR or First Information Report accused Mr Masood, 40, of violating the election code of conduct, but it was not clear when and where the comments were made.