Senior Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has stoked a fresh controversy saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government should wake up before Muslims pick up arms and start reacting to the actions such as lynchings in the name of cow protection. Azmi’s comments came in the backdrop of the recent attack on a 40-year-old man in Nagpur on suspicion of carrying beef.
“Terrorism takes birth from atrocities and injustice and I fear that. If governments are silent on incidents. Clerics are dragged out of mosques and slapped. These things are being shown regularly. There will be reaction to such action. I am saying this very strongly, do not wait for the reaction. Take strong action else things will go out of hand,” said Abu Azmi, according to a Jansatta report.
In Nagpur, a 40-year-old man, identified as Salim Ismail Shah, was assaulted by a mob over suspicion that he was carrying beef. As soon as police learnt about the incident, they rushed to the rescue of Salim and admitted him to a hospital where he was given medical aid.
Shah, who is reportedly a member of the BJP rubbished the allegations that he was carrying beef. He claimed that he was carrying mutton for a function.
Azmi is known to make controversial statements from time to time and often face wrath of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for his stand.
The senior SP leader also took to Twitter and tweeted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying that the government needs to come up with a harsh law for violence in the name of cow protection.