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BJP’s Sangeet Som visits Dadri, accuses SP of appeasing minorities

Bhartiya Janta Party MLA Sangeet Som on Sunday visited Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and attacked the Samajwadi Party government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community and innocent people were being framed for lynching of a man over beef eating rumour.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2015 20:22 IST
HT Correspondents
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Hindustan Times
Dadri lynching,Mohammad Ikhlaq,Bisada village
File photo of BJP MLA Sangeet Som (Left). Som visited Dadri on Sunday in the aftermath of lynching of Mhd Ikhlaq. He has accused the ruling Samajwadi Party of appeasing the minority community. (HT File photo)

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.

Family members of Ikhlaq address the media along with with Uttar Pradesh chief minister AKhilesh Yadav in Lucknow . (PTI)

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.

Met with the Akhlaq’s family members today. We are with them in their sorrow. They will receive justice and the guilty will be punished.

Posted by Akhilesh Yadav onSunday, October 4, 2015

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.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives to meet Ikhlaq’s family. (PTI)

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Oct 04, 2015 16:20 IST

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