Jaipur, July 22 :Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Saturday made an insensitive statement on the Alwar lynching incident, saying that more lynching incidents will happen with the rise in popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meghwal was reacting to the incident of a group of people allegedly killing a man in Rajasthan’s Alwar over suspicion of cow smuggling on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
“The more popular Modi ji becomes, the more such incidents will happen. In Bihar election it was ‘Award Wapsi’, in Uttar Pradesh elections it was mob lynching. In 2019 elections it will be something else. Prime Minister Modi gave several schemes, their effects can be seen, this (lynching) incident is just one reaction to it,” Meghwal said.
He said, “We condemn mob-lynching but this isn’t a single incident. You have to trace this back in history. Why does this happen? Who should stop this? What happened with Sikhs in 1984 was the biggest mob lynching of this nation’s history.”
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the latest incident of cow vigilantism, and assured stern action against the perpetrators.
28-year-old Akbar Khan was taking some cows to his village through a forest near Lalawandi area in the Alwar distrcit of Rajasthan when some locals allegedly thrashed him brutally, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler.