BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley condemned the lynching of 50-year-old, Akhlaq, over beef eating rumour in Dadri, saying such incidents hurt the image of the country.
“India is a mature society. We need to rise above these kinds of incidents because they certainly don’t give a good name as far as the country is concerned,” he told reporters here after a lecture at Columbia University.
The Union minister was responding to media questions when asked to comment on the lynching incident in UP which has happened at a time when the government was wooing foreign investors.
“I have also said they can amount to policy diversions in that context so it is the responsibility of every Indian in his actions or comments to stay clear of unfortunate and condemnable instances like this,” the senior BJP leader said.
Last week, a group of people beat a 50-year-old Iqlakh, allegedly over rumours that his family consumed beef. A mob broke into the man’s house, attacked his son, and even the women in the house. His son was left critically injured, and was later admitted to hospital. A case of rioting and murder has been registered against 10 people, and six of them have been arrested.