October 4, 2015 2:02:44 am
At a candlelight vigil in Rajghat on Saturday, to protest the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq over rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption, the protesters voiced their concern about the “attempts to make India into a Hindu nation”.
The protest was organised by several groups including Khudai Khidmatgar, National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM), Swaraj Abhiyan and Sadhbhav Mission, among others.
While some claimed that the incident had struck fear among minority communities in India, others voiced their concern over the “rising number of communal incidents”.
Justice (retired) Rajinder Sachar — head of the Sachar Commitee which had drafted a report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims — was one of the protestors. Terming the incident shameful, Sachar said, “The government simply wants to make this a Hindu nation”.
Another protester, Vimal Bhai from NAPM, said, “Some people want to turn this country into a Hindu nation, which is not possible. We need to raise our voices against them, otherwise we will lose our ground”.
He also criticised Union minister Mahesh Sharma for terming the lynching an “accident”. “How can such a barbarous act be an accident? Then the attack on Parliament and the 26/11 attack should also be considered accidents,” he added.
Asha Naushen, a member of Swaraj Abhiyan, said she and other activists had visited Dadri. “The sub-divisional magistrate of Dadri told the family members of the deceased to accept whatever is being given by the government and remain quiet. When we confronted him over his callousness, he refused to speak to us,” she said.
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