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Lynch mobs don’t fear PM Narendra Modi, says Chidambaram on Jharkhand murder

P. Chidambaram

Congress leader P Chidambaram today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the nation how would he enforce his writ against the lynch mobs.

Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today took a pot shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his warning to lynch mobs went unattended.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said, “On a day when PM warned gau rakshaks, Mohd Alimuddin was lynched by a mob in Jharkhand. Obviously, lynch mobs don’t fear PM.”

Chidambaram’s remark follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that killing of people in the name of cow protection was not acceptable.
Commenting on Narendra Modi’s remarks, Chidambaram said, “PM warned gau rakshaks and lynch mobs. Good. Let him tell the country how he will enforce his writ.”

WHAT MODI HAD SAID

“Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” Modi said, adding, “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks come against the backdrop of a spurt in incidents of cow vigilantism and a spate of lynching. A teenager was last week killed on board a Mathura-bound train by people who attacked four brothers and repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”.

“Violence never has and never will solve any problem. As a society, there is no place for violence,” Modi said.

ALIMUDDIN CASE

On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that killings in the name of cow protection won’t be tolerated, a man was beaten to death by a mob at Ramgarh near Ranchi in Jharkhand yesterday on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.

A case has been registered on the basis of a video footage of the lynching, police said.

Reports suggest that there could be some previous disputes between the assailants and the deceased. Reports also say that the deceased, identified as Mohammad Alimuddin, was accused of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl.

According to police, around 30 people surrounded the van bearing a West Bengal number plate in the Bazaar Tand area of Ramgarh police station. They dragged out the driver of the vehicle, Mohammad Allimuddin, a resident of neighbouring Hazaribagh district, and thrashed him, injuring him seriously.

Police rushed to the spot and took Allimuddin to a hospital where he was declared “brought dead” by doctors. The mob also set the vehicle on fire, police said.

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