Activists of various Leftist Students Unions carry placards denouncing the lynching of a 52-year-old Muslim farmer Mohammad Akhlaq

Modi’s party under attack as report finds no beef at lynched Muslim man’s home

Opposition parties blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party for the death of a Muslim man in Dadri town in September this year after a report said no beef was found from his house.

LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 28, 2015) (ANI) – Opposition parties on Monday (December 28) blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the death of a Muslim man in Dadri town in September this year after a report said no beef was found from his house.

A report by the veterinary department of India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state said that the meat recovered from the house of Mohammad Akhlaq was not beef but mutton.

Akhlaq was lynched by a Hindu mob over rumours that he butchered a cow.

Akhlaq, a blacksmith, died after being kicked and beaten with stones by at least 10 men in the town of Dadri, 50 km from the capital, New Delhi, on September 28.

A larger group had earlier gathered outside his home, accusing his family of secretly eating beef.

According to the report of the veterinary department, prima facie the meat seems to be that of a goat’s progeny. However the samples have been sent to a forensic laboratory in Mathura city for a final confirmation.

A senior leader of Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), Shivpal Singh Yadav, accused the BJP of orchestrating violence to polarize votes ahead of elections to eastern Bihar state.

“This became clear in the beginning only and some people had masterminded it, these people were from Bharatiya Janata Party and some communal people. BJP always does something of this sort. Our government will initiate action in this matter and the federal government should have taken some action on this issue but it has not done anything till date,” said Yadav.

Akhlaq’s son was also injured in the violence and was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.

The murder sparked tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the town.

A leader of opposition Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Sudhindra Bhadoria, said that the report exposed nefarious designs of SP and BJP and alleged that the two were hand in glove with each other.

“I and my party were saying this from the very beginning that Samajwadi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party incite communal riots. After the Muzaffarnagar riots they thought that if something similar was to happen in Dadri then they could seek political mileage from it in Bihar polls. They wanted to play a gory Holi but the people were cautious and with this report everything becomes clear,” said Bhadoria.

While many members of India’s majority Hindu community see cows as holy, beef is widely eaten by Hindus in parts of the south, as well as by members of lower castes and minority Muslims and Christians.

India’s Environment Minister and a senior leader of BJP, Prakash Javadekar, said that his party had always maintained that the Dadri incident was unacceptable.

“We have already condemned this incident. This was a gruesome massacre. This killing can never be tolerated. This killing cannot be condoned,” said Javadekar.

India is the world’s largest exporter of beef and its fifth biggest consumer, but Modi’s government wants a nationwide ban on cow slaughter and the beef trade, which is run mostly by Muslims.

Eating beef is not illegal in Uttar Pradesh, where Dadri- 50 kilometers from New Delhi – is located, although the slaughter of cows is banned.

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