New Delhi: To slam Rahul Gandhi over his tweet about the latest lynching incident in Alwar, Rajasthan, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, who normally avoid invoking anti-Muslim riots for obvious reasons, on Monday reminded the Congress president of Nellie Massacre of Muslims and anti-Muslim riots in Bhagalpur.
"Rahul Gandhi's family presided over the worst form of hate in 1984, Bhagalpur and Nellie, and many other instances. It is shameful that he is doing the same through VULTURE POLITICS. Not a single instance goes by where he doesn't attempt to rupture social bonds for electoral gains," Union Minister Smriti Irani wrote on Twitter.
The Nellie massacre took place in central Assam on February 18, 1983. The massacre claimed the lives of 2,191 Muslims - unofficial figures run at more than 10,000, from 14 villages including Alisingha, Khulapathar, Basundhari, Bugduba Beel, Bugduba Habi, Borjola, Butuni, Dongabori,Indurmari, Mati Parbat, Muladhari, Mati Parbat no. 8, Silbheta, Borburi and Nellie of Nagaon district.
The Bhagalpur riots of 1989 refers to the violence between Hindus and the Muslims in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar. The riots started on October 24, 1989 and continued for over two months, affecting the Bhagalpur city and 250 villages around it. Over 1,000 people - around 900 of them Muslims, were killed, and another 50,000 were displaced in the violence which is billed as the worst Hindu-Muslim violence in independent India at the time, surpassing the 1969 Gujarat riots.
Smriti Irani was responding to a tweet by Congress President Rahu Gandhi about the brutal killing of Akbar Khan, a cattle trader, in Alwar, Rajasthan on the intervening night of July 20-21 on suspicions of cow smuggling.
"Policemen in #Alwar took 3 hrs to get a dying Rakbar Khan, the victim of a lynch mob, to a hospital just 6 KM away. Why? They took a tea-break enroute. This is Modi’s brutal “New India” where humanity is replaced with hatred and people are crushed and left to die", Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
While slamming Rahul Gandhi for his tweet, Union Minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal went a step ahead and called him "merchant of hate".
"Stop jumping with joy every time a crime happens, Mr Rahul Gandhi. The state has already assured strict and prompt action. You divide the society in every manner possible for electoral gains and then shed crocodile tears. Enough is Enough. You are a MERCHANT OF HATE," Goyal tweeted.
Meanwhile, two high-level committees have been constituted by the central government to suggest ways and legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching, the Home Ministry said on Monday.
One of the committees is being headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the other by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The move came after the latest cases of mob killing, and a week after the Supreme Court asked the central government to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and take action on mob violence.
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