The Bisada lynching turned into a political slugfest on Sunday with the BJP accusing the ruling Samajwadi Party of protecting “those who slaughtered cows” and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav saying “communal forces” were acting against his government.
Controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who was accused of inciting rioters in Muzaffarnagar in 2013, alleged that SP was appeasing the minority community and said the investigation was one-sided.
Som made the allegations while visiting the village in Uttar Pradesh where a man was lynched last week over rumours he had slaughtered a cow.
“They had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those who have slaughtered cow in a plane. Even when a person is killed, they have different sets of rules. Sanjay Rahul Yadav was shot in the incident, but is anyone aware? Som told reporters as the victim Ikhlaq’s family met CM Yadav.
Som also alleged that the state police were framing “innocents” in the case and that the arrests should be made only after investigations were complete.
The UP lawmaker’s remarks came even as union home minister Rajnath Singh said the incident should not be given a communal colour or politicised.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow indicated a political motive behind the increase in communal incidents in the state.
“Our government and party does not believe in fanning communal fire. Ever since this government( Samajwadi Party government)came to power, communal forces have been busy disturbing the harmony in the state,” Yadav said.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said the Akhilesh government should take the blame for the inclident as it was a law and order issue.
“The Samajwadi Party government is responsible for this. This fight is between one who keep pets and one who kills pets, in which both the communities are included,” ANI quoted Bajpai as saying.
The BJP also said that leaders of other political parties were visiting Dadri for making “political capital.”
Several political leaders from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi have visited Dadri over the last two days to meet Ikhlaq’s family.
(With agency inputs)