Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan showing his letter written to the UN,  during a press conference in Lucknow on Monday. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar  (PTI10_5_2015_000092B)
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan showing his letter written to the UN, during a press conference in Lucknow on Monday. PTI Photo by Nand Kumar (PTI10_5_2015_000092B)

Competitive communal politics: Azam Khan threatens to move UN even as BJP MLA Sangeet Som joins the beef chorus

Lucknow : The alleged lynching of a man in Dadri near Noida in Uttar Pradesh on the night of September 28 has snowballed into a full-throated political slanging match with UP Minister Mohammad Azam Khan announcing that he would move the United Nations to look into the “miseries” of minorities in India.

Khan told mediapersons on Monday that he had written a letter to the UN Secretary General and was seeking time to meet him. In his letter, Khan has attacked the RSS accusing it of working to turn India into a Hindu nation.

Mohammad Akhlaq (50), a resident of Dadri, was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish was seriously injured when an irate mob attacked them late on September 28 night after rumours spread that the victims were engaged in cow slaughter and had allegedly conued beef.

The situation in the village and the surrounding areas continues to be tense with additional police personnel being deployed, even as a steady procession of politicians and media persons continued.

Khan told media persons in Lucknow that “Fascist forces are attempting to create a divide in the society by launching a hate campaign against Muslims and Dadri incident is an example of this.” In his letter, the minister said there had been sporadic incidents of ethnic or communal clashes, but the real essence of freedom and secularism has never been in question or under threat as

it was for the last one and half years.

“The Prime Minister is raising local issues at international forums, so we will also raise the rising communal violence cases at the UN,”

Ratan Mani Lal

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