New Delhi, 07 Oct 2015: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, in collaboration with key Muslim organizations and human rights groups, organized a massive protest demonstration near the Parliament House here on Tuesday against the 28th Sep lynching of a Muslim man over beef rumour in Dadri and brutal murder of an elderly Dalit for entering a temple in Hamirpur – both in Uttar Pradesh.
In his inaugural speech, Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, strongly condemned the incidents and the attitude of both Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Besides criticising PM Modi for keeping quiet over the issue, Salim Engineer condemned Akhilesh Yadav for calling the victim family to Lucknow but not visiting the area himself. However, some top politicians including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have visited Akhlaq’s home in the village.
Akhlaq, 50, was lynched and his 22-year son was brutally beaten by a Hindu mob on 28th Sep night in Bisada village of Dadri Tehsil in Gautam Budha Nagar district.
The joint protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar was addressed by leaders of Muslim and human rights organizations including All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, PUCL, PUDR and APCR. Among the eminent persons who addressed the gathering included Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, president, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Dr Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council, Ravi Nair, well-known civil rights activist and Director, South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Dr SQR Ilyas, president, Welfare Party of India.
“We are shocked and outraged at the well planned and targeted violence against the Muslim and Dalit community in different parts of the country ever since the NDA government assumed power in May 2014,” said the organizers in a joint statement.
Besides condemning Akhlaq’s killing, they also condemned the killing of an elderly Dalit man. Khimma Ahirwar, 90, was brutally attacked with an axe and set on fire for trying to entre a temple in Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh on 2nd Oct – ironically the day of Gandhi Jayanti – when Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated.