AT A time when the Dadri lynching is being used to make cow slaughter a poll issue in Bihar, pind daan (prayers for the dead) was performed for the victim, Mohammad Akhlaq, in this revered Hindu temple here on Tuesday.
The prayers were organised by a local businessman and social activist Chandan Kumar Singh, who said that he decided to make the effort after he watched “Akhlaq’s painful story” on television. “It was disturbing to see how he was murdered by people who were his neighbours after a rumour was spread,’’ he said. “I have no doubt that most of the people in our society will not condone such a heinous act. This is the handiwork of a few people and it is a shame that rather than condemning this murder, there are people who are using it for political goals.”
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Singh said his late father, Suresh Narayan, started the practice of performing pind daan for people he didn’t know, including those from other communities who were killed in natural or man-made disasters.
“I am continuing this practice,’’ he said. “After learning about Akhlaq’s murder, I approached Swami Raghvacharyaji Maharaj and he agreed that it would be a good message for society”.
Swami Raghvacharya ji Maharaj, who heads the Ramanuj Math and is a well-known priest of the Vishnupad temple, said the prayers were a “message to the people who murdered a man by spreading a rumour that he had consumed gau maans, that they have committed a heinous crime”. “This is not the teaching of our religion. This is against manavta (humanity),’’ said the Swami.