Amid a blame game over lynching of a 50-year-old man in Dadri by a mob, allegedly over consumption of beef, the Home Ministry on Thursday sought a detailed report from the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also asked the Samajwadi Party government in UP to ensure that no such incident occurs in future.
The Home Ministry intervened in the matter shortly after Union Minister Mahesh Sharma termed the lynching of a 50-year-old man Iqlakh in Dadri by a mob three days ago as an “accident” and cautioned that no “communal colour” should be given to it.
“Two other families live with the affected family in the middle of the village and their walls adjoin with others. About 10-12 houses of other community are in the outlying part of the village but no incident concerning them has happened,” he said.
“I feel this incident occurred due to some misunderstanding and the law should truthfully act against whoever is responsible for it,” Sharma said.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh’s Urban Development Minister Azam Khan also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the incident.
Taking on Narendra Modi, Khan said, “Prime Minister, please rein in your volunteers. Life, politics and posts are not forever but infamy remains forever. You have not been able to wipe out Gujarat taint and until this world lives, it will never be wiped out. Don’t make your volunteers do these things. Where are you taking the country to?”.
The victim’s family, meanwhile, is planning to move out of the village fearing that it may happen again.
Iqlakh was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish was critically injured by a mob which barged into their house following rumours that the family had consumed beef on Monday night.
Iqlakh’s other son, Sartaj, who serves in the Indian Army, demanded punishment for the murderers of his father.
“Those arrested murdered my father. I want to know the reason for which they did this to him. They should be punished so that none from the village would dare to such deed in future,” he said.