Mufti Flays Himachal Lynching

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Srinagar:  Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Saturday condemned the lynching of a 20-year-old youth from Saharanpur by a Hindu mob in Sarahan area of Himachal Pradesh.

In a statement, Mufti Sayeed expressed grave concern over incidents of mob lynching and said people cannot be allowed to take law into their own hands.

He further said that incidents like Dadri and ink-attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni in Mumbai have made people very insecure.

“This doesn’t augur well for a country that has a proud past of cultural and religious inclusiveness,” said Mufti.

“The killing of a youth by a mob in Himachal Pradesh is very unfortunate. We can’t allow Kangaroo courts to pronounce judgement and lynch people the way they did in Dadri and now in Himachal,” he said.

He asked the Himachal government to enforce rule of law and bring those responsible for such criminal acts to justice.

Pertinently, a Muslim man Nouman Akhatr was killed by a mob in Himachal Pradesh for allegedly smuggling bovine animals. Ironically, instead of arresting the killers the Himachal Police have arrested Gulfam, Nishu, Suleman and Gulzar — who accompanied Nouman Akhtar. They have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act. 

 

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