Outrage after BJP MLA facilitates NTPC job for 15 youth, accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq

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15 youth, who were accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq in Bishahra village of Dadri in September 2015, have been been offered contractual jobs with NTPC Limited, reported The Hindu on Saturday. Tejpal Nagar, the local BJP MLA, facilitated their recruitment in a meeting with senior NTPC officials on 9 October.

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One of the accused was the son of local BJP leader, Sanjay Rana.

Confirming the news an NTPC spokesperson said that there was nothing wrong in offering job to 15 youth, accused of committing one of the most barbaric acts in the independent India.

He said, “Yes, we have agreed to give jobs to unemployed youths of Bishahra. It has nothing to do with Akhlaq’s lynching. Contractual jobs have been offered to many residents of Bishahra because it is the NTPC’s policy to give jobs to all project-affected persons based on their qualification and expertise.”

In 2015, one of the accused, who died in jail, had his body draped in tricolour, India’s national flag. Several top BJP leaders had thronged to his village to pay their respect for a murder accused. This included the then Union Culture and Tourism Minister in Narendra Modi government, Mahesh Sharma.

The news has caused a massive outrage on social media, where many felt that this was the BJP’s way of rewarding those who killed Muslims in the name of Hindutva. Here are some reactions.

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