Dadri incident a result of pre-meditated planning, claims minorities panel

RSTV Bureau

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has claimed that Dadri incident could have been a result of “pre-meditated planning”. A 50-year-old man was lynched by the mob in a village neighbouring national capital Delhi over the rumours that he ate and stored beef. Three-member NCM team headed by its chairperson Naseem Ahmad came up with their findings early this week.

“The team feels that a crowd of large numbers appearing within minutes of an announcement from temple’s loudspeaker and at a time when most villagers claimed they were asleep seems to point to some pre-meditated planning” read the minorities panel report.

The NCM team came up with their findings after their visit to Bisahda village in Dadri soon after the incident on September 28. The report further added that to term it a mere accident “would be quite an under-statement.”

Union Culture minister Mahesh Sharma, who also happens to be a local MP, had earlier claimed that the horrific mob-lynching was merely an accident.

“If someone claims the incident was pre-planned, I completely refute this. What happened was an accident. It is unfortunate,” the Union minister had claimed in his remarks, which were strongly criticised by several writers, authors and the opposition political leaders.

In an apparent reference to those political leaders accused of giving controversial statements, National Commission for Minorities said such statements further “vitiate” the relations between different communities. In its report, the NCM panel also urged political groups to “counsel” their cadres to refrain from making “irresponsible statements”.

“All the political establishments need to counsel their cadres and sympathisers to desist from making irresponsible statements and making capital out of such outrages,” the report said.

The report also conveyed to the authorities the need to keep a check on the usage of social media as it was used allegedly on an extensive scale to flare up passions.

“These should be stopped at all cost or things will go out of hand,” the three member NCM report added further.

(With inputs from the PTI)