New Delhi, Dec 6: The Congress on Thursday attacked the BJP over the Bulandshahr mob violence, claiming the ruling party's "true dream or version of new India" is to transform "Hindustan into lynchistan".
At a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that whenever an incident of lynching and mob violence happens in the country, the BJP acts like the "spokesperson and the defender" of the accused.
Asked about Yogi Adityanath's order of strict action against cow slaughter, unlawful trade in cattle and illegal slaughterhouses, he claimed the Uttar Pradesh chief minister will "never speak on any mob violence because the perpetrators of crime, the participants of mob, the lynch mob force are supported and constituted by the Bharatiya Janata Party."
Adityanath has ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western Uttar Pradesh district.
Earlier in the day, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, when asked about the Bulandshahr violence, noted that the state government has ordered an SIT probe and people should wait for its report.
A mob of some 400 people fought pitched battles with police on Monday in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle.
The incident had left Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar dead.
"Even in the incident (in Bulandshahr), a representative of the VHP, a BJP youth wing leader, and a BJP member are named as an accused because the truth is BJP's true dream or a version of new India is to transform 'Hindustan' into 'lynchistan'," Shergill said.
"It is a fixed match between the mob violence and the BJP to spread the atmosphere of violence. Today in Uttar Pradesh, 'acche din' have only come on criminals and goons and 'bure din' have come for the policemen and the women of the state," he claimed.
This is a sad state of affairs and a thorough independent investigation should be ordered immediately, the Congress leader said.
On the slain inspector's younger son Abhishek appealing for communal harmony, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in a Facebook post, said: "Your father would be feeling proud of you, the country is feeling proud of you."
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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.
A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.
The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.
The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.
It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.
Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.
The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.
Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.
The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.
The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.
Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.
The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.