BJP legislator Sangeet Som, who was accused of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar, landed up in Bisada on Sunday and straightaway accused the UP government of appeasing minorities and shielding those who had “slaughtered a cow”.
Stirring the political cauldron, Som said, “Like they (SP) had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those cow killers in a plane”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the lynching of a man in Dadri as “unfortunate” and said it should not be given any “communal colour”.
Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob on Monday night after a public announcement from a local temple that a calf had been slaughtered and his family had eaten beef.
On the opposite hand, police, which has arrested eight individuals, detained a Home Guard for questioning after the native temple priest alleged that he pressured him to make the announcement.
“Those who are the local representatives, whether they are Members of Parliament or other representatives, it is obvious for them to go and natural for them to go and visit the family”. However, BJP leader Harish Thakur denied that the father of the accused was a BJP office bearer and said he may be a BJP supporter.
Slamming the state police for taking one-sided action, he said that it was actually Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who are disturbing peace in the region.
“A individual like Owaisi was allowed to return right here from Hyderabad”. He also lashed out at the opposition parties for politicising the matter and said that Samajwadi Party would never do politics on matters such as these. This government is trying to appease a particular community.
Questioning the arrests in the lynching case, Som said, “We aren’t saying that those guilty of murder should not be tried but the government should stop framing the innocent”. Are terrorists living here?
Police sources here said there had been intelligence inputs that tension was simmering at Bisara and a few adjoining villages in the area. “Did the government help him?”. “Those doing politics can degree any allegation. We can share their grief, however can’t erase the scene they witnessed”, he informed reporters after assembly Ikhlaq’s mom Asgari, brother Mohammed Afzal and daughter Shaista.
“Since the present government came to power, the incidents of communal riots are increasing due to their ideology which is not in consonance with the Constitution that provides a secular society”.