New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi denies the Alwar lynching that led to the death of one person took place. “No incident of killing described by the Opposition has taken place,” Naqvi told the Rajya Sabha. The Speaker has asked for a report on the incident.
The Congress has moved an adjournment motion on the incident with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad quoting from the Indian Express.
As ruckus increased in parliament, Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien asked the government for the facts in the case. I cannot go by the newspaper report, he said.
He also asked the minister to get a detailed report from the Home Ministry. A discussion cannot take place until and unless the incident has been verified, Kurien said.
The Opposition says Naqvi is ill informed.
The Indian Express reported today that Pehlu Khan, who was lynched to death on the suspicion of smuggling cows, was in fact a dairy farmer. The report said the 55-year-old man had set out on the 240-km road trip from his home in Jaisinghpur village, in Nuh tehsil of Mewat, to Jaipur last Friday. He was planning to buy a milch buffalo, to increase milk production during Ramzan but, later changed his mind and decided to buy a milch cow instead. That decision, his sons said, claimed his life.