At its annual state-level convention to be held in Sitapur from November 1 to 3, RSS students’ wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is set to come up with the claim that the Dadri lynching was the result of a personal dispute, with one of Mohammad Akhlaq’s two sons having a “love affair with a Hindu girl”, and that politicians wrongly projected it as a fallout of “beef consumption”.
Akhlaq, 50, had been dragged out of his home and killed by a mob allegedly following rumours that his family was storing and consuming beef. His 22-year-old son Danish was also assaulted and received serious injuries. Danish’s elder brother Sartaj is a technician in the Indian Air Force in Chennai.
The ABVP is not clear on which one of the two brothers had an “affair” with a Hindu girl.
The ABVP would talk about the Dadri incident during a discussion on “appeasement politics” on the first day of the convention. Suggestions on the matter from participating youths would be sought the next day. Governor Ram Naik has been invited as chief guest by the ABVP.
“It has appeared in a section of the media in western UP that one of Akhlaq’s sons had an affair with a local Hindu girl and his family was attacked on the same dispute,” ABVP Awadh region organisation secretary Satya Bhan told The Indian Express. “But leaders of different political parties diverted the issue towards another reason, of beef consumption, for appeasement of minorities for political gains. UP minister Azam Khan’s move to write to the UN… also maligned the image of India. It will be clarified at the convention.”
Satya Bhan said the Dadri incident has been included under the “appeasement politics” discussion as the UP government had provided financial help only because the victim belonged to a particular community.
The other issues on the agenda would be communal harmony, women’s security, female foeticide, commercialisation of education, student union elections, terrorism, unemployment, poor condition of farmers in UP, law and order situation of the state and “involvement of foreign forces in promoting Naxal activities in the country”.