Rise in vigilantism a concern: Ghulam Nabi Azad to PM Modi

In his letter, Azad expressed concern at the rising instances of vigilantism, the latest in a series of cases being the alleged killing of two cattle traders in Latehar district of Jharkhand.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2016 1:11 am
Majloom’s father; the tree from which they were hanged Mohammad Majloom’s father ; the tree from which the cattle traders were hanged.

The country is worried about the unchecked growth of communal hatred and mistrust being brewed for the sake of electoral politics, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his letter, Azad expressed concern at the rising instances of vigilantism, the latest in a series of cases being the alleged killing of two cattle traders in Latehar district of Jharkhand. The two — one of them a minor — were found hanging from a tree on Friday. A day later five men were arrested, including one with links to a gau raksha samiti, or a cow protection outfit.

 

Among some of the recent incidents are the murder of a man in Dadri, in Greater Noida near the national capital, on suspicions that he had stored beef at his home, the raids at Kerala House in Delhi, the canteen of Aligarh Muslim University, and the handing over four Kashmiri students of Mewar University in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, to the police on suspicion that they were cooking beef in the varsity hostel.

Recalling these incidents, Azad alleged that people from the minority community were being targeted on one pretext or the other across the country.

Azad wrote: “It is unfortunate that our country has seen a sharp spurt in incidents of threats, intimidation, mob violence and vigilantism after the takeover of BJP government in Centre and that a majoritarian view of democracy is being propagated and promoted consciously and deliberately. This has serious implications for the survival of democracy, pluralism, social harmony and peace, besides growth and development of the country.”

Noting that while “it is nobody’s case that cow slaughter should not be banned”, the Congress leader wrote, “Normal transport and trading of animals from one place to another should not be targeted. It must not be a preconceived notion that such transport and trade is meant for cow slaughter and the mobs and vigilantes sponsored by the affiliates of the Sangh Parivar to recklessly target the members of the minority community.”

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    axarma
    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    This is sick scare mongering to get the Muslims' votes under the banner of secularism. The concept of Secularism abused by the Muslim leaders and the Congress since independence relentlessly sawing the seeds to slow economic development and to produce Muslim fanatics to follow the example of Jinnah who masterminded division of India with the connivance of rich Muslim countries and to support the post-war UK US geo-political strategic interests. The Congress is not fit to administer the country because of anti-democratic policies and unsound economic policies.
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    1. prakash gotimukul
      Mar 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm
      What have you done Ghulam of cong except wearing a cap but nothing below that. when ever it suits he will come with cap n removes............filthy mind, most muslims in congi are there only to play the communal card. Exactly the opposite in BJP.............
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        Dinesh
        Mar 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm
        IndiaExpress you are Asad Supporters or you C**** should join stan
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          Khalid
          Mar 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm
          Incrediable IndiA!!!
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            Indian
            Mar 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm
            This is like a black comedy. Registering complaint of a theft at a meeting of thieves. How is that supposed to work?
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