LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and made startling remarks against the party accusing them of planning and executing the murder of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri, a location near to New Delhi. (Also Read: Mob kills a man over beef eating rumours, son critically injured)
Also attacking the RSS, Khan also accused them of hunting for issues that could divide communities on religious grounds. The Samajwadi Party leader further escalating his attack on the saffron party threatened of writing to the United Nations for the Dadri killing.
During his media address, Azam Khan said, “We are officially appealing to the UN general-secretary to give us time.” However, he ruled out the need of the judicial probe into the matter.
Akhlaq was beaten to death on last Monday, while his 22-year-old son Danish was severely injured by a mob which barged into their house and dragged them out following the rumours that Akhlaq’s family ate beef.
While the second son of Akhlaq, Sartaj, working with the Indian Air Force has demanded strict action against the 11 accused for the killing of his father, BJP leader on the contrary, Sangeet Som has come out in complete support of the accused and promised bail for all of them.
Prime accused in the case, 20-year-old Vishal Rana is the son of BJP MLA. Out of the 11 accused, eight youths are reported to be associated with the BJP leader. (Also Read: BJP Leader’s son, UP Homeguard arrested for spreading beef rumour)
Earlier in the day, a lawyer on Monday urged the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to take action against BJP leaders, including a legislator and a Sadhvi, for communal and inciting statements over the Dadri incident.
In his complaint, lawyer Shehzaad Poonawala urged Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to ‘order penal action’ against BJP legislator Sangeet Som, Sadhvi Prachi as well as union minister Sanjiv Baliyan for their “hate-inciting and communally-venomous statements”. Poonawala said they were “out to destroy” the communal harmony in the state. (Also Read: #BeefMurder: 8 out of 11 accused related to BJP leader; Sangeet Som promises them bail)
Sadhvi Prachi, in the aftermath of the September 28 Dadri lynching, reportedly said that ‘people eating beef deserved such fate’, while Sangeet Som, who is also one of the accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, was quoted as saying that the ‘law should be equal for all, or else we are capable of replying like we did in the past’.
This, the complainant alleged, was a reference to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in which 63 people were killed and more than 50,000 were displaced.
Union Minister of State Sanjiv Baliyan was also quoted by a TV channel as saying that “if UP government doesn’t stop cow slaughter, there can be more such (Dadri kind) violent incidents”, Poonawala told the chief minister.
(With IANS Inputs)
First Published | 5 October 2015 2:20 PM