New Delhi/Greater Noida: Criticising Prime Minister Modi's silence on the tragic lynching of Mohammad Alkhaq, a resident of Dadri's Bisara village in Greater Noida, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Hydeabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi demanded strict punishment for the culprits.
"We were hoping that the prime minister would condemn this with at least a tweet", Owaisi said after meeting Akhlaq's family in Greater Noida in a veiled attack on prime minister Modi for his tweets about every small and big thing.
On Monday night, 50-year-old Akhlaq, a resident of Bisara village in Greater Noida, was allegedly dragged from his home and lynched for sacrificing a cow.
"You cannot barge into anybody's house and assault every member of the family. Those guilty in this crime should face the maximum punishment under the charge of murder", Owaisi said.
Owaisi also criticised Union Minister Mahesh Sharma who said the lynching of the Greater Noida Muslim man, father of an engineer wroking with the Indian Air Force, was an "accident".
"It is tragic that minister Mahesh Sharma, who has taken oath on constitution, claims this was an accident. It was not an accident. This was a pre-planned murder," the AIMIM chief said.
Sharma after meeting the victim's family had said, "The incident was just an accident and was not planned."
"I have met the mother and other family members of Akhlaq. It is a very tragic incident. Such incidents are like black spots on our society and is also against our 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb' (Ganga-Yamuna culture)," the minister said.
"No one should play politics over such an incident," said Sharma, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from Gautam Budh Nagar constituency within which the victim's village falls.