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Dadri lynching: Mob murder an accident, arrested youths too will get justice, says Mahesh Sharma

Minister Mahesh Sharma said parties should refrain from playing politics by giving communal colour to the incident.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Bisara | Updated: October 3, 2015 7:13 am
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Union Minister Mahesh Sharma Friday visited the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob Monday following rumours that he and his family were storing and consuming beef, and demanded a CBI probe into the killing — which he continued to maintain was “an unfortunate accident”.

“If someone claims the incident was pre-planned, I completely refute this. What happened was an accident. It is unfortunate. An investigation by the CBI should be conducted,” Sharma said.

Dadri Lynching, Dadri killing, Mahesh Sharma, dadri murder, beef ban, UP dadri lynching, dadri beef killing, up beef killing, dadri bjp beef ban, dadri bjp, india news, nation news Union Minister and BJP MP from Noida Mahesh Sharma with Akhlaq’s family in Dadri Friday. (Source: Express Photo by Oinam Anand)

Apart from Akhlaq’s family, Sharma, a BJP MP from Noida, met residents of Bisara at Bada Mandir — where the announcement that led to the attack was allegedly made.

Watch video: Dadri Lynching An Accident, Don’t Give It A Communal Twist: Mahesh Sharma

Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder. “Everyone will get justice, they (Akhlaq’s family) will get justice. The youth (yuva) who have gone to prison will also get justice,” Sharma said.

At the victim’s home, when Akhlaq’s mother Asgari pleaded for help, Sharma said, “What happened was not right. We are with you. We are aware of your troubles. I had gone to the hospital — Danish’s condition has improved. He opened his eyes today and recognised his brother. Please pray. If the almighty wishes, Danish will be back with you very soon. We will do everything possible to ensure that Danish gets the best possible treatment.”

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Danish, Akhlaq’s son, was also attacked by the mob. Doctors at Kailash Hospital, which Sharma owns, said he is showing signs of improvement but is still on ventilator in the ICU.

“I want a full inquiry in this case and the guilty should be punished,” he said.

“For the last 70 years, these people have been living in harmony. It was a sporadic event. It should not be given a communal colour… This is a big blotch on our culture,” he said. “Those calling for my resignation are indulging in politics. An accident occurred. A question is being asked repeatedly whether it was an accident (hadsa) or a thought-out conspiracy. I want to tell all who want to spread communalism or do politics that people have been living in that village amicably for 70 years,” he added.

At the temple, locals expressed concern about the youths from the village being arrested. “We opened our doors and gave away our children to them (police) as they were investigating the incident. But they have been arrested… Our patience is being tested,” said one resident.

Promising that Muslims will be given adequate protection, Sharma said, “Two other families live with the affected family in the middle of the village and their walls are adjoining. About 10-12 houses of the other community are in the outlying part of the village, but no incident concerning them has happened.”

“Muslims should live here, their security will be taken care of by everyone present here. They will live as brothers,” he added.

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    Sal
    Oct 3, 2015 at 5:12 am
    As an Indian I can eat whatever I like ,sorry my Hindu neighbors this Kind of behavior will no be tolerated
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      Bharat
      Oct 3, 2015 at 7:18 am
      Minister wants to save criminals. Muslims with good Hindus must organise peaceful agitations all over if they need their voice heard. Time has come not to fear criminals but peace loving potion to come out and show their strength against communal politics.
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        Asmita
        Oct 3, 2015 at 4:20 am
        Communities with different religions were living in harmony in that area and that seems to be the major reason that this neighborhood was targeted for cultivating hatred for the vote bank purposes. May God bless India and our people, politics is going so so so low that it is making innocent people scape goats in all communities. I hope our people understand this gimmicks of low cadre politicians.
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          shakeel
          Oct 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm
          dear shilesh we don't want haj subsidy it is you people want to give it and get special privilages from Saudi govt like PARKING FEES OFF at air port and fuel for planes we muslims will be much more than happy to get this TAG of subsidy out of us concerning cows do you have guts to stop this is Goa or north east no you just want to target muslims
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            shakeel
            Oct 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm
            what to you expect from minister who is waring khaki chaddi
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