VHP leader Prachi on Friday justified the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob on Monday in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri area in Greater Noida based on a rumour that he had eaten beef at home.
Prachi, known for her anti-Muslim stance, said, “Jo gau maans khane waley hain, unka yahi hashra hona chahiye (Those who eat cow’s meat must face such consequences).”
52-year-old Akhlaq was lynched to death by mob after the village temple announced that a cow had been slaughtered. Responding to the announcement, the mob attacked Akhlaq before lynching him to death. His 21-year-old son was critically injured in the attack.
The only other Muslim family in the village was away.
Akhlaq’s another son is employed with Indian Air Force as an engineer.
The priest who had made the announcement later confessed that he had been forced to make false announcement by two men including a son of a local BJP leader, Sanjay Rana.
Police has arrested Rana’s son Vishal and seven other men accused of carrying out this barbaric act.
Akhlaq’s death has evoked angry reactions from India’s intellectual class, which has held the prime minister Narendra Modi responsible for the growing instances of politics of hate in the country.
Modi has chosen not to condemn Akhlaq’s death.
Meanwhile, several BJP leaders have made controversial comments either justifying the murder of an innocent man or making light of Dadri’s mob lynching.
Mahesh Sharma, the culture minister in Modi’s cabinet, said it was just an accident.