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Minister-led mob attacks Muslims
|Lucknow: Unbelievable though it may
sound but it is true that a U.P. cabinet minister led goondas of his party
to attack the Muslim locality in Bairwas village under Lohtan police
station in Siddharth Nagar district of U.P. bordering Nepal.
It is alleged that reacting to an alleged case of ‘cow slaughter’, a
mob led by Minister Dhanraaj Yadav attacked the Muslim locality of the
village on 10 July and set on fire all the 80 houses belonging to Muslims.
The menfolk of the locality had already fled leaving behind only women and
children when a police force arrived in the village to make enquiries
after a complaint. A male calf was found murdered, not slaughtered,
according to Mumtaz Bhai, BSP leader in Siddharthnagar who told MG that
the calf belonged to the kind which is left at large and its meat is not
consumed by anyone. According to him, the calf was found dead on 9 July at
Sapahi, a village 1.5 kms away from Bairwas.
The mob also ransacked the local madrasa and set it on fire. The Lohtan
Police, which had earlier arrested Zakri, the man said to be responsible
for this illegal act, did not react at first and allowed the situation to
take the ugly turn. However, after loot and arson it acted and opened fire
to disperse the mob killing one Ram Bux on the spot. The man is said to be
an active member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad who had been spitting venom
against Muslims of the area for alleged act of cow slaughter. Another
activist of BJP and member of Zila Panchayat, Ram Niwas Yadav, was also
badly beaten by the police. However, independent enquiries revealed that
the calf was ‘killed’ not ‘slaughtered’. Another person belonging
to majority community was also killed due to head injury after
It may be noted that the said minister is a habitual culprit and has been
implicated in two other such cases earlier, first in 1989 in Sikri
crossing case and later in 1992 in Shankar Pur case after a probe by crime
branch of CID. However, after his becoming the minister the cases were
withdrawn by the BJP led government of U.P.
Higher officers of district and commissionery including commissioner Basti
range DIG range, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Basti
reached the spot to control the situation. PAC and para military forces
are patrolling the area. True to his habit Minister Dhanraaj Yadav spitted
venom against the Muslims of the area and termed them as the ISI agents
endangering the peace and security of the bordering area.
On the other hand the entire opposition has demanded his immediate
suspension from the cabinet and his arrest. A delegation of Samajwadi
Party headed by leader of the opposition Mr. Dhani Ram Verma, Mr Ahmad
Hasan, Dr Vaqar Ahmad Shah and Mr Shiv Pal Singh Yadav toured the area and
met the people. The delegation blamed that at the behest of local
contractors who were facing heavy loss due to the opposition to the
construction of a proposed dam which was endangering the existence of many
villages of the area, Dhanraj Yadav and his party workers masterminded the
trouble. Senior Congress leader Mr. DP Bora and ex-chief minister
Jadambika Pal also demanded action against the minister and full
compensation to those whose houses were set on fire and belongings looted.
They have demanded that Dhanraaj Yadav be removed from the cabinet and an
FIR be lodged against him and the dropped case be revived.
Meanwhile local MLA Mohammad Muqeem (Cong) with workers of his party is
busy in providing relief, particularly goods of daily use, to the victim
Nasir (additional input: Ahmad Rahmani)