Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Bisada village in Greater Noida on Saturday and met the family members of a man who was lynched for allegedly eating beef.
“In Dadri to meet Mohammad Akhlaq’s family,” he tweeted after meeting them.
In an incident that drew nationwide outrage, Mohammad Ikhlaq (also spelt Akhlaq) was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish critically injured when a mob broke into their home in Bisada late on Monday night, accusing them of butchering a calf and eating beef.
“Congress VP Rahul Gandhi in Dadri meeting Mohammad Akhlaq’s family,” the party Twitter handle INC India said.
The Congress Twitter handle also put out pictures of Gandhi interacting with the family members of the deceased. Gandhi also met other villagers and asked them about the incident.
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi in Dadri meeting Mohammad Akhlaq's family pic.twitter.com/O9wPzTf7UJ— INC India (@INCIndia) October 3, 2015
The Congress has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his “silence” and condemn the Dadri lynching incident.
Commenting on Gandhi’s visit, Congress leader RPN Singh said: “I am proud that Rahul Gandhi is there in Dadri. He has raised his voice against such condemnable act.”
Gandhi’s visit came on the day Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal met Ikhlaq’s family members. Kejriwal was initially stopped by the administration in view of simmering tension.
Some locals also protested against visitors, including politicians and mediapersons, who have been flocking the village since the Monday night incident.