Various organisations in the city on Tuesday protested against the lynching of a 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh following rumours that he ate beef. In a public meeting organsied at Mahatma Phule Mandai, activists protested by shouting slogans against the BJP government and the RSS.
Leaders and members of the organisations, including Lokayat, Socialist Party (India), Lal Nishaan Party (Leninist), Bhartiya Republican Party Bahujan Mahasangh, Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, People Union for Civil Liberties, took part in the protest.
Activists claimed that Akhlaq’s killing was a “Talibani” act and demanded there should be no ban on eating habits of people. Protesters said that instead of development, the government was more interested in banning beef.
Alka Joshi of Lokayat said, “A fact finding committee that visited Dadri has confirmed that the attack on Akhlaq was a well-planned act. Gaurakhsha Abhiyaan (movement for saving cows) is on in the name of Hindu religion. Consuming beef is not banned in Hinduism. Even Hindutva leader Savarakar had said that cow is a useful animal and there is nothing religious about it.”
Prof. Shamshuddin Tamboli of Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal said, “Dadri mob lynching incident is heinous. We condemn it. The government should control the unconstitutional activities of radical and extremist forces.” Protesters also condemned the killing of rationalists Dr Narendra Dabholkar, communist leader Govind Pansare and Kannada scholar M M Kalbhurgi during the public meet.
Meanwhile, an activist of Samasta Hindu Aghadi, tried to opposed the protesters claiming their speech was anti-Hindu. However, policemen at the spot detained him immediately and released him only after the protest was over.