Merchant of hate: BJP hits back at Rahul for his ‘brutal new India’ tweet

New Delhi: Reacting to the alleged mob lynching of a 28-year-old man in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said it reflected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “brutal ‘New India'” where “humanity is replaced with hatred and people are crushed and left to die”. Taking umbrage to his remarks, BJP leaders hit back and called him a “merchant of hate”.

Gandhi’s tweet came in response to reports that policemen in Alwar took nearly three-and-a-half-hours to take the victim, Akbar Khan, to the hospital that was located four kilometres away. The police, reportedly, first took the seized cows to a shelter, took Khan to the police station to change his clothes, stopped for tea before taking him to the hospital.

BJP leaders hit back in response to Gandhi’s tweet. Union minister Piyush Goyal called him a “merchant of hate”, Goyal tweeted: “The state has already assured strict & prompt action. You divide the society in every manner possible for electoral gains & then shed crocodile tears.”

‘We are MLA’s men,’ claimed mob attackers: Victim’s friend

  • Rakbar Khan’s friend Aslam, who was accompanying him when a mob attacked them on the suspicion of them being cow smugglers in Alwar, said in a statement that he doesn’t know who the attackers were but he had heard them claiming that they were men of the MLA. ‘You can’t do anything to us, we are the MLA’s men,’ men involved in the lynching claimed, Aslam reportedly said.
  • Aslam was with Rakbar Khan when they were taking two cows to their village in Haryana from Lalawandi village in Alwar, Rajasthan. As soon as they heard gunshots and a mob charging at them accusing them of smuggling cows, Aslam ran away and hid in a nearby field as the mob assaulted Khan which eventually resulted in his death before he was even taken to a hospital.

SC to hear plea against Raj govt; Centre also seeks report

The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking contempt action against Rajasthan government in connection with the recent lynching of man in Alwar by alleged cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling the bovine for slaughter. The court will hear the petition on August 28. The Centre has also sought a report from the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Rajasthan on the alleged lynching of a man in the state as the incident was raised in the Lok Sabha by the Congress.

Cop ‘admits’ delay in victim’s treatment, inquiry ordered

  • Rajasthan police on Monday suspended ASI Mohan Singh after he admitted that there had been a delay of three hours in taking 28-year-old lynching victim Rakbar Khan to hospital.
  • A four-member committee constituted by the police to look into the delay also transferred three constables to police lines. The probe was handed over to additional SP (crime and vigilance), Jaipur Range, on Sunday.
  • Singh was caught on camera admitting that he had ‘made a mistake’ and was ‘ready for punishment’. However, he denied allegations that the victim was beaten to death in the police station. ‘Mere se galti hogai…sazaa de do ya chhod do…,’ the official can be heard saying.

Mehul Choksi seeks cancellation of NBWs, fears mob lynching

  • Gitanjali Gems owner Mehul Choksi, key accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, on Monday moved the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him.
  • Citing example of mob lynching in India, Choksi in the application stated that following persons have ‘grievances and anger’ against him the existing employees whose salaries and dues have not been paid; the families of detained employees who have been arrested; the landlords whose premises the companies had taken on rent, who have not been paid their dues; the customers whose jewellery in showroom have been taken away by the ED; the creditors of supplies and services, who have not been paid their dues