In a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), senior leader Vinay Katiyar has stoked a massive controversy by blaming Muslims for the Alwar lynching incident.
Speaking to media Katiyar said, "The incident of mob lynching in Alwar is highly condemnable but people from the Muslim community should abstain from touching cows and provoke aggressive Hindus.There are lot of Muslims who are sheltering cows but are also killing them. Cow meat is also being consumed by them."
Katiyar added that no separate law is required to curb the rising incidents of lynching and opposition parties have got a new issue to disrupt the ongoing Parliament session.
Replying to Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has questioned the manhandling by cops in the case, Katiyar said "Gandhi has become mentally unstable and we all have seen his behaviour in the Parliament.
We cannot trust what the Congress chief is saying. He is desperate to sit on the Prime Minister's chair which is not going to happen in the near future."
Hitting out at the BJP leader over his controversial remark, UP Congress spokesperson Zeeshan Haider said, "The way this incident has happened clearly shows that the lynchers have got support from the government. Leaders like Vinay Katiyar are spreading hatred in the society. This is highly condemnable and this incident has once again exposed the communal face of the BJP."
Abdul Hafiz Gandhi, spokesperson of Samajwadi Party said, "BJP believes in the politics of hatred. This is not good for society. The inclusiveness and social harmony are the first causalities of such politics of hate. Instead of condemning the incidents of mob lynching, BJP leaders felicitate and encourage the perpetrators of such horrendous acts of mob violence."
Rakbar Khan,29, was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes on July 21 in Rajasthan's Alwar. According to various reports, Rakbar was allegedly beaten up by the cops before taking to the hospital. Some reports also claim that the police took three hours to take him to the hospital.