Government will bring a law on lynchings if needed: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Home minister’s comment came after Rakbar Khan, alias Akbar of Kol village in Haryana’s Nuh district, was allegedly beaten to death late on Friday by suspected cow vigilantes.

Published: 24th July 2018 01:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 10:24 PM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

Amidst the rising outcry on the incidents of lynching in the Parliament, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that the Government will enact a law,if necessary, to curb incidents of lynching.

Opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour and demanded that the centre take action to curb lynching incidents.

Home minister’s comment came after Rakbar Khan, alias Akbar of Kol village in Haryana’s Nuh district, was allegedly beaten to death late on Friday by suspected cow vigilantes in Ramgarh’s Lalavandi forests in Alwar district, where three people engaged in the cattle trade have been killed since April last year.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh responded saying the government is also concerned about such attacks. He said such violence is not new and the biggest mob lynching happened in 1984 during anti-Sikh riots. On this Congress members objected.

The minister repeated Monday’s statement on high-level committee and Group of Ministers to look into such incidents. We are ready to take stringent steps to curb such form of violence, he says.

In Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandhipadhyay (Trinamool Congress) raised the rising incidents of mob violence. “We are for a united India. We cannot tolerate such form of violence, he says. More members want to talk about the issue,” he said.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs stage protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over incidents of lynching.

Thereafter, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also raised the recent mob lynching incident in Alwar. Instead of GoM and high-level committee, a Supreme Court judge should investigate, he said.

Mohammad Salim (CPI-M) said the mob violence in the name of cow protection or child-lifting rumours should be despised. This is dangerous and it is the hate crimes are spreading throughout the country. He compared the lynching with attack on blacks in USA in the name of White Supremacy.

M Thambidurai (AIADMK) said States want the support of Centre to modernise police system. He said such rumours have affected Tamil Nadu too. Intelligence must be strengthened to check spread of such rumours.

BSP leader Mayawati even accused the BJP of the lynchings and sought the intervention of the courts.

“Mob lynching is a deed of narrow-minded BJP members and supporters, but they consider it patriotism. I condemn the Alwar lynching incident but think that the BJP won’t be able to take appropriate action in the case,” Mayawati said.

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