Alwar lynching: Congress slams Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for denying incident

A day after Pehlu Khan died from his injuries after he was brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday created a storm in the Rajya Sabha when he denied any such incident had even taken place.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha after the Congress raised the issue on the floor of the House, Naqvi said,

“Hamare desh mein yeh message nahi jana chahiye ki hum yeh hatya ko samarthan kar raha hai… issliye it is a very sensitive issue.. crore logo ke bhavnao se judha hua mudha hai.. hamara aisa koi message nahi jana chahiye ki hum hatiya ke samarthan mein khade hue hai (This issue is a very sensitive issue. There should be no indication or message that we are backing those who are violent. It’s an emotional issue for crores of people.)

Issliye jis particular state ki barein mein jo baat kar rahe hai, us tarah ki koi bhi ghatna, jis tarah ki ghatna pesh ki ja rahi hai, aise koi ghatna zameen par nahi hui hai. Jis media report ki barein mein bat ki ja rahi hai, us state ki sarkar ne pehle hi condemn kiya hai. (No such incident, as being reported, has taken place on the ground. The media report which are being cited, the concerned state government has already condemned.)”

Naqvi was answering Congress MP Madhusudhan Mistry during Zero Hour after he alleged that there had been a "complete breakdown of law and order" in Rajasthan as "a gang of gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes)" stopped a truck carrying cattle and mercilessly thrashed four of its occupants after letting off the "Hindu" truck driver. As members of other Opposition parties supported him, Mistry said similar incidents were taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat as also Uttar Pradesh, all ruled by BJP. Reacting to the minister's reply, the Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, slammed the government and added that even The New York Times had carried a report on the gruesome incident.

Khan, in his fifties, died late on Monday night in a hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

Khan and at least four others were injured when a mob attacked nearly 15 persons hailing from Haryana, while transporting cows in vehicles on the Behror highway in Alwar district on Saturday, the police said. As many as 16 people were allegedly transporting 36 bovine animals illegally in six pick up vans.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 13:59 PM

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