Dadri lynching: One BJP leader calls for a mahapanchayat, another blames victim, family

Police said they have sent samples of meat taken from Akhlaq’s home “to the forensics department for examination”. Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, said the family had “mutton in the fridge” and not beef.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Bisara (dadri) | Updated: October 2, 2015 7:30 am
Dadri man beaten to death, Dadri beef ban death, beef ban, man beaten to death, beef ban death, Mohammad Akhlaq, Dadri, Bisara beef ban death, beef, lucknow news, dadri news, indian express Akhlaq’s daughter and her cousin, in Bisara village Wednesday. Akhlaq was killed when a mob attacked his house following rumours that he and his family stored and ate beef. His son, severely injured in the attack, is in hospital. (Express Photo by: Prem Nath Pandey)

Two days after 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was killed in Dadri following rumours that he and his family were storing and consuming beef, BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh suggested that if there was beef in the house, the victim was at fault. They also said the accused should be charged with culpable homicide and not murder, threatening to hold a mahapanchayat in Bisara village if their demands were not met.

“The man did not die because of the injuries but because of shock when someone (wrongly) told him his son was dead. This happens every day. When we hurt people’s sentiments, such clashes take place. This was not a communal riot. The Hindu community worships cows. Whose blood won’t boil if they see cow slaughter?” Shrichand Sharma, vice-president of BJP’s western UP unit, told The Indian Express.

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Nawab Singh Nagar, a former BJP MLA from Dadri, said, “If cow slaughter and its consumption is proven, they (the victim and his family) are definitely at fault. There is a ban on slaughter of cows and this concerns the faith of Hindus. It is obvious that such an incident will lead to anger among people and there will be communal tension. If this was the case, the family is in the wrong. If they have consumed beef, they are also responsible. This is a village of Thakurs and they express their sentiments in a very strong way. If they have done this, they should have kept in mind what the reaction would be.”

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Police said they have sent samples of meat taken from Akhlaq’s home “to the forensics department for examination”. Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, said the family had “mutton in the fridge” and not beef.

Stating that it was not a “planned incident”, Nagar told The Indian Express, “When religious sentiments of people are hurt, they get agitated and this sudden anger leads to such incidents.”

While BJP and BSP leaders visited Bisara and met the family of the victim as well as relatives of the six accused, the ruling Samajwadi Party stayed away from the village. The Samajwadi Party did not make any statement on the incident either, issuing only a press release in the evening.

Sharma blamed the state administration for the incident and said it appeared to be biased towards a particular community. He added that BJP leaders will meet district authorities Thursday with a list of five demands. “We have come to know that a case has been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder). But this was not a planned murder. There was a clash and in the ensuing fight, a man died. The police should have registered a case under IPC 304 (punishment for culpable homicide). This is culpable homicide and not murder.”

Sharma further said the police should register a case against the victim’s family. “The entire incident took place because of alleged cow slaughter. An FIR should have been registered on this,” he said. “Fear has been generated in the village with people being threatened with arrests. This kind of behaviour by the administration should be stopped. Unless the administration, district magistrate and other officials sit with us and listen to our demands, we will go ahead with our agenda. We have planned a mahapanchayat in Bisara on October 11… From Friday, we will go from village to village and mobilise people. We will not tolerate harassment,” he added.

Sharma also said a case should be registered against police officials for injuring 22-year-old Rahul Yadav in clashes that took place after Akhlaq’s killing.

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First Published on: October 1, 2015 3:38 am
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    ankit
    Oct 1, 2015 at 11:17 am
    By giving this logic you agree that this act was similar to the act of terrorism which is what incidents after the cartoon incident were called... Now given you are supporting this act also means that you basically condone violent acts of terrorism in the name of religion. Killing anyone is wrong... Period. What someone was eating or not eating is not and must not become an issue in a democracy. Justifying an act of violence by citing example of another violence from victims community doesn't make the act justified. Political mileage by mobilising people on this subject by BJP leadership is akin to acts of ISIS and similar outfits...
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      I am
      Oct 2, 2015 at 6:36 am
      Quote - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief at the 'unfortunate demise' of legendary singer Asha Bhosle's son. "Dear @ashabhosle Tai, pained on the unfortunate demise of your son. My thoughts are with you during this hour of grief," a post on the official Twitter handle of Modi read. Asha's eldest son Hemant ped away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He breathed his last in Scotland. He ped away on the 86th birthday of Asha's elder sister Lata Mangeshkar. Hemant was also a music director with songs like 'Jage jage nainon mein' and 'Nazrana Pyar Ka' to his credit. Unquote. BJP PM Narendra Modi Busy on Twitter Drama. How Shameless a Prime Minister can be?
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        Dr Sonali
        Oct 2, 2015 at 11:05 am
        How stupid can you be?????
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          Dr Sonali
          Oct 2, 2015 at 11:02 am
          Please STOP making a national issue out a small local incident. Think of India. Be Indian first.
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            hayatlives
            Oct 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm
            This is tried and tested bjp and rss tactic. Commit the outrage. Keep quiet for 2 days. Then quietly blame the victim. After that hold a mahapanchayat or rally and rake in the results of communal polarisation.
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              swagata joneja
              Oct 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm
              "JUST REMERBER..UNITED UE WIN,DIVIDED WE FALL"let's BE DUMB TO DANGA CREATOR..BURA MAT DEKHO,BURA MAT SUNO.. FOR ALL TWITTERISTS
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                Kim
                Oct 1, 2015 at 9:17 am
                I would like to know when justice will be done? Has anyone been charged yet? Shame on those bloody murderers!
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                  ThinkBig
                  Oct 2, 2015 at 10:51 am
                  KharmPhal. Karma bites you back, you do some thing and expect no effect is 'dumb'. you pinch me and expect no pinch back is fine for 1,2,3, cases but the same happens over long time you have strong push back. thats for one unaware of Islamic law/sharia(3stages of islam) For ppl have idea on Islam(as script, not as his friend/family known following/not following) are aware that that pinching is for last 1400yrs, since mohamad pinch nonmuslims(when stage2 comes) its very normal ppl react. In this case a spontaneouse outcry beats (with no intention to kill else they could kill right there with the mad anger flow) but And after 2 days he dies
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                    Majid
                    Oct 2, 2015 at 3:39 am
                    Mark Zuckerberg inspired at a temple in India and the result is Facebook. Blind followers inspired at a temple and the result is murder of an innocent man. Which one is a true believer in God?
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                      Rahman
                      Oct 2, 2015 at 12:30 am
                      Why do you kill rats? Trap them and throw them away. Why not treat them as pets. They are sawari of Ganeshji.
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                        Rahman
                        Oct 2, 2015 at 12:32 am
                        Why do you kill rats? Trap them and throw them away. Why not treat them as pets. They are sawari of Ganeshji.
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                          Rahman
                          Oct 2, 2015 at 12:31 am
                          Why do you kill rats? Trap them and throw them away. Why not treat them as pets. They are sawari of Ganeshji.
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                            Shailesh
                            Oct 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm
                            My dear friend would request you to take some pain and do some research about india before britishers came here . British officer Mc Couley's report is still kept as a record in the British parliament. Pls take some pain and gather information about that speech in which he has mentioned a lot of things about india which will surprise you as you are quite ignorant , he was sent with the same motto of doing research and study about india so that they can make strategy to conquer india. In his speech, he had very clearly mentioned that until we destroy the culture of that country and make them believe that anything which is foreign is superior than their own , we cannot conquer them, for that we will have to destroy their traditional education system and impose our system. Please go and do some research . Dont just go by history taught in schools , go beyond that , read some external stuff as well. By the way i am not here to teach you history. Secondly, i had written so many points within which i had just given one example about the glory of india and the role of cows in India's prosperity and how they have been integral part if Indian culture. Moreover, can i ask you why did you choose only this point to comment on ? Why did you not comment on other points like Muslim youth from hyderabad having connections with ISIS etc ( fyi this was recently in news at least this is not part if history ) and their intentions of making india an Islamic state ? Why did you not comment on what is being said openly by people like Owaisi and all ? Do you think all these happening are right ? Why did you not comment considering the entire context in totality ?
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                              Shailesh
                              Oct 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm
                              You are correct. Sooner or later this was bound to happen. Personally i have sympathy for the victims. But Muslims in this country have been hurting the sentiments of non-muslims. Muslim leaders like Owaisi and all have been openly saying that we eat cow and will keep eating it , mentioning " hamein cow khane mein bada maza aata hai" you all can watch the video in YouTube ( despite of the prevailing law about bann on cow meat ) . Hindus worship cow and they have very strong emotional bonding with cows . Will their blood not boil on such statements. And if this happens such incidents will keep happening as its obvious to happen. You will be shocked to see that even the muslim community is supporting and liking these leaders . Those who dont know about the history of India should get thier basics of history right . There was a time ( before britishers came ) when india was the biggest contributor in the world GDP ( more than 45% , currently its 0.1% ) existence of cows in almost every home was one of the key factors. It was an era when india was the biggest steel manufacturer in the world. But all the problem started when foreign invaders came in india and started spoiling the very native culture of india. We all know Muslims in this country are all converted either by greed or by fear. The w logic behind creation of stan was the same that those who cant stay with Hindus in hindusthan and respect their culture an sentiments, should go to stan , this was the demand of jinnaah asking for separate land and thats why parion happened. So those who sta here they should be faithful towards the mother india. We all know Muslims dont call india as mother india that means you want to be in india but wants to have arabian laws and beliefs here. People like Owaisi clearly say thier intentions that they want to make india an Islamic state. It cannot be a mere coincidence that so many youngsters who have been arrested for having connections with ISIS are from hyderabad. Its quite visible whats happening and what these muslim leaders are trying to do. In such scenarios how can someone trust Indian Muslims blindly. So we all need to understand what is actually leading to dadri kind of incidents, though its unfortunate, but we all nees to know the real reason .
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                                Shailesh
                                Oct 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm
                                You are correct. Sooner or later this was bound to happen. Personally i have sympathy for the victims. But Muslims in this country have been hurting the sentiments of non-muslims. Muslim leaders like Owaisi and all have been openly saying that we eat cow and will keep eating it , mentioning " hamein cow khane mein bada maza aata hai" you all can watch the video in YouTube ( despite of the prevailing law about bann on cow meat ) . Hindus worship cow and they have very strong emotional bonding with cows . Will their blood not boil on such statements. And if this happens such incidents will keep happening as its obvious to happen. You will be shocked to see that even the muslim community is supporting and liking these leaders . Those who dont know about the history of India should get thier basics of history right . There was a time ( before britishers came ) when india was the biggest contributor in the world GDP ( more than 45% , currently its 0.1% ) existence of cows in almost every home was one of the key factors. It was an era when india was the biggest steel manufacturer in the world. But all the problem started when foreign invaders came in india and started spoiling the very native culture of india. We all know Muslims in this country are all converted either by greed or by fear. The w logic behind creation of stan was the same that those who cant stay with Hindus in hindusthan and respect their culture an sentiments, should go to stan , this was the demand of jinnaah asking for separate land and thats why parion happened. So those who sta here they should be faithful towards the mother india. We all know Muslims dont call india as mother india that means you want to be in india but wants to have arabian laws and beliefs here. People like Owaisi clearly say thier intentions that they want to make india an Islamic state. It cannot be a mere coincidence that so many youngsters who have been arrested for having connections with ISIS are from hyderabad. Its quite visible whats happening and what these muslim leaders are trying to do. In such scenarios how can someone trust Indian Muslims blindly. So we all need to understand what is actually leading to dadri kind of incidents, though its unfortunate, but we all nees to know the real reason .
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                                  TIHAEwale
                                  Oct 1, 2015 at 8:43 am
                                  None can save U.P. and Bihar because ever since Congress was ousted from power in 1989 these states are ruled by parties headed by dubious persons who thrived on communal hatred, caste differences and in U.P. Police is manned by majority of the appointments which were rigged at selection level. only in M.P. Vyapam scam got exposed but it is happening in all States
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                                    Taz S
                                    Oct 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm
                                    Does Dr indicate your a doctor? I doubt if you had the sense to become one....
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                                      Taz S
                                      Oct 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm
                                      Even if the investigations reveal tht it is beef...who has given the authority to these anti-socials to lynch a man in public?
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                                        Taz S
                                        Oct 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm
                                        Feku Bhakt spotted...
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                                          Taz S
                                          Oct 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm
                                          Mark Zuckerberg visited the temple only once....he too would have been a killer if he visited more than once...
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                                            Taz S
                                            Oct 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm
                                            Maybe the next sadhu is going to speak about benefits of rat milk and
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