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Lucknow(PTI): Amid outcry over lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of consuming beef, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday alleged that some forces doing politics on communal lines were conspiring to defame his government and stall development in the state.
“Some forces are conspiring to spread communalism and we have to remain alert from them,” Akhilesh said while addressing representatives of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME).
“Today when the world is marching ahead on the path of progress, some forces doing politics on communal lines want to take the country and the state towards backwardness,” he said.
He alleged that these forces want to defame the state government.
Dadri lynching: Marred by fear and polarisation, Bisara awaits for peace to return
“They are raising issues and debates which harm all sections of the society,” he said.
The CM said that conspiracies of such forces need to be foiled to take the state ahead on the path of development.
He said that the people of the state have lived together with brotherhood and harmony since ages.
Akhilesh expressed confidence that peace loving people of the state would not allow forces creating differences to succeed in their designs.
His remarks come in the backdrop of the Dari killing a week ago which has sparked outrage in the country. 50-year-old Iqlakh was dragged out of his home by a 200-strong mob and beaten to death after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat in Bishada village.
In another development which could further escalate tension in Dadri’s Bisara village, a youth in his 20s allegedly committed suicide late morning on Tuesday. Moments after the death, his family alleged that the police were harassing the youth saying that he was part of the mob that killed Mohammad Akhlaq.
Police however have not spoken about the incident yet.
According to his family, the youth was a daily labourer. dna managed to visit the Bisara village which has been largely out of bounds for the media after locals attacked journalists accusing them of biased reporting in favour of Muslims. This reporter was at the residence of the deceased youth’s family when a team of police official arrived at the spot. Soon after agitated locals warned this reporter to leave the village.
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The police have refused to confirm the incident. However, according to the family, the youth had committed suicide by consuming poison. “The police kept on telling him that his name was in the list of people who had attacked Akhlaq,” said a resident.
Women of the village also came out of the village for the first time in three days and urged journalists to cover the incident. The women had days ago assaulted media personnel and chased away TV crews out of the village alleging biased reporting about the death of Mohammad Akhlaq who was killed by a mob on suspicion that he had eaten beef.