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15 chargesheeted in Dadri lynching case

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New Delhi: After almost three months of the gruesome Dadri lynching incident, a chargesheet was finally filed naming 15 persons. Notably, a minor was also named in the chargesheet.

A mob lynched Mohammed Akhlaq on 28th September in Bisada village for allegedly eating beef in his house. Akhlaq’s son was also thrashed.

The chargesheet had no mention of beef and used the word ‘meat’.

Even the FIR did not mention the word beef.

While 19 people were accused, only 15 were named in the chargesheet. Reportedly four people will be chrgesheeted at a later date.  Police asked the Court to examine the age of the juvenile.

Vishal Rana, son of the local BJP functionary Sanjay Rana was also named in the chargesheet. He said that they were provoked and told that Akhlaq had killed a cow. Vishal and his cousin Shivam were named as the main conspirators in the incidents.

Police cited Akhlaq’s Danish’s critical condition as the reason behind the delay in filing the chargesheet.

The incident raked up a lot of controversy and tension in the country.

It also triggered the ‘intolerance’ debate and the ‘award wapasi’ movement.

The government’s inaction drew a lot of flak from various quarters. The issue was politicized by all the political parties and many controversial statements were given subsequently.

The issue was politicized by all the political parties and many controversial statements were given subsequently.

Many Indian states enforced a ban on the consumption of beef fuelling further controversies.

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Dadri lynching: ‘Government is prepared for CBI investigation’

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said anyone seeking to disturb communal amity will not be spared and that the government was prepared for a CBI probe into the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri so that the truth comes out.

Replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on intolerance, Rajnath Singh said the allegations against the government over intolerance started with the lynching.

He said the preliminary report of the Uttar Pradesh government did not mention communalism, beef, or any planned murder.

He said the initial investigation by Uttar Pradesh did not reach a conclusion and the matter can be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation if the state government wanted it.

The central government is prepared (for a CBI probe) so that the truth comes out,

As Rajnath Singh talked about differences between Islamic sects in countries such as Iraq and Bahrain, opposition members protested and asked him to focus on the situation in India and controversial remarks of some ministers.

He said, “India is, was, and will be tolerant“, and the subject of the debate was “dangerous and self-destroying“.

Rejecting charges of intolerance hurled at the government, he said the BJP and Prime Minister Modi were the worst victims of intolerance in politics.

The country will decide who is intolerant. As far as the government is concerned, we will not allow intolerance in any circumstances,

He reached out to the opposition and promised that mistakes, if any, would be rectified by the government.

If anybody tries to disturb communal amity, he will not be spared,

The home minister said he was prepared to meet the intellectuals who have returned awards. “Let’s talk,” he said, adding that the government was willing to take any step towards harmony and correct mistakes if any.

Rajnath Singh said an attempt was made to defame the Modi government by returning literary and other awards.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Not responsible for Dadri lynching, growing intolerance: RSS

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Ranchi: Under pressure from public intellectuals to clear the air over its role in growing intolerance in the country, the Rashtriya Swayamswevak Sangh or RSS said on Sunday it was being needlessly blamed for the mob-lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri and similar incidents of violence.

“We are in social life for 90 years. No one has raised such questions on intolerance. Whatever has happened we condemn that. Such incidents are not good for the society. But we need go deeper into such incidents. The truth must come out,” RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said.

“When the Sangh was linked to several such incidents, and we investigated deeper, they have proven to be false. There has been no truth to the allegations. It is a conspiracy to unnecessarily blame the Sangh for such incidents,” Joshi said.

52-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched on September 28 in Dadri following rumours that he and his family had eaten beef and slaughtered a calf, triggering a wave of protest from the civil society.

People related to a local BJP leader were allegedly involved in the Dadri lynching incident, leading to attacks on the RSS.

In Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, two persons were similarly beaten to death after being accused of cow slaughter by mobs comprising suspected Hindu militants.

Scores of writers, filmmakers, and scientists have returned their awards to register their protest against the growing intolerance and violence in the country. 

Moreover, in a bid to express their anguish and protest about the “highly vitiated atmosphere” prevailing in India, 53 historians on Thursday issued a joint statement lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stoic silence over growing intolerance in the country.

Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib were among the eminent historians who, in the joint statement, decried the climate in which “differences of opinion are being sought to be settled by using physical violence. Arguments are met not with counter-arguments but with bullets.”

They also warned the Bhartiya Janata Party government against distorting history.

“What the regime seems to want is a kind of legislated history, a manufactured image of the past, glorifying certain aspects of it and denigrating others, without any regard for chronology, sources or methods of enquiry that are the building blocks of the edifice of history,” the historians wrote.

“It is easy to trample them down, but it is important to remember that it will take too long and will be beyond the capacity of those who are currently at the helm of affairs, to rebuild it once it is destroyed.”

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Modi is worst victim of ideological intolerance, says Jaitley

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Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the ‘worst victim of ideological intolerance,’ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged that the Congress, Left and other political parties have been categorically disrupting the development initiatives of the government.

The Finance Minister further said on Sunday that strategic moves by his government have led to the World Bank and the WEF upgrading India’s ranking among countries facilitating better business opportunities.

“First, obstruct Parliament and do not permit reforms which will bring credit to the Modi Government. Secondly, create, by structured and organized propaganda, an environment that there is a social strife in India”, said Jaitley in his Facebook blog.

Reiterating that those involved with the Dadri lynching would be taken to task, the minister termed that the ‘stray’ incident as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘condemnable’.