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Sources in the police and district administration said in the past few months there have been attempts to disturb the communal harmony in the area. Source said a few days back, in Dankaur area, two cows died in a gaushala, but when their bodies were being disposed of, some tried to portray it as cow slaughter and incite people. A mosque was damaged, but the police managed to control the situation.
While the Akhilesh Yadav government wants the six arrested for Iqlakh's murder to be tried under the stringent national security act, BJP is pressing for the release of all six. On Wednesday, the local BJP unit held a meeting and decided to hold a mahapanchayat on October 11 to press for their release.
Instead of focusing on the murder, BJP's main beef appears to be the meat in the man's house. "The locals gave samples of meat to the police but they (the cops) did not take it seriously. Then some people got agitated," BJP district president Thakur Harish Singh said on Tuesday, in effect giving a 'rational' explanation for the attack. "The police have arrested innocent people. We also demand legal action against those people, who are engaged in cow slaughter as it is hurting Hindu sentiments," local BJP leader Vichitra Tomar said after a two-hour meeting on Wednesday.
Many Muslims in Bisada are now living in fear for their lives and are thinking of leaving the village. Iqlakh's family also planned to leave, but finally stayed on after the district administration guaranteed their safety and pledged to arrest those responsible for the attack. "My son has been killed, while my younger grandson is battling for his life. For the time being, police are giving us protection. But they can't stay in the village permanently. We fear that more such attacks may take place. We are in touch with our relatives and are planning to leave the village for a safe location," said Asgari, the deceased's 70-year-old mother, who had also sustained injuries in the attack.
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If Narendra Modi last year conjured up the spectre of a ‘pink revolution’ – cow killing on a mass scale – in the event of the BJP’s defeat in the 2014 election, what metaphor will he use to describe the murder of a Muslim father at Dadri on the outskirts of Delhi for the imaginary crime of keeping beef in his home? Were he to call the ugly incident by its proper name – a lynching – he would have to cross an ideological line that he and his party have helped place at the centre-stage of Indian politics over the past year and a half: That the slaughter of cows poses a more serious threat to the country than the slaughter of human beings in the name of cow protection.
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