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‘Hapless Junaid lynched on a train, what crime had he committed? BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha

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NEW DELHI: Veteran actor and BJP Parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha who has often spoken out against ruling BJP is shattered by the spate of lynching incidents have been reported across the country.

“I strongly condemn the lack of urgent and immediate police action against mobs who pick on individuals. This is a new trend and it is spreading all across the country. If we don’t control it now, we would soon be staring in the face of utter chaos with the mobs deciding what we should eat and what we should wear,” says Sinha vehemently to The Quint.

“I am afraid the condemnation of mob attacks is a case of too little too late. Much sterner action is needed,” Mr Sinha said in an apparent attack on Mr Modi without naming him.

There’s news of bone-chilling lynching incidents of minorities by unruly mobs almost every day reported by the TV media.

Sinha identify himself as a proud Hindu, but was left mortified by the mob’s action.
“We are all Indians first, then Hindus or Muslims,” he says.

“The hapless Muslim boy Junaidk, who was lynched on a train on the eve of Eid was also Indian.What crime had he committed? Who decides what is the correct way for an Indian to eat or behave?”

“First, protect the cows from hunger and homelessness. Then protect them from beef eaters. Cows are so mercilessly neglected in our country. We have cows left to die on the roads. They eat plastic bags and die. Rather than pretend to protect cows from beef eaters, let the gau rakshaks protect cows from hunger and homelessness.”

The MP wonders why goons and self-appointed moralists will choose what we should wear and eat.

“Why should we be told what to eat and what to wear?” he asks. “Are we not responsible citizens? It is time strict laws were implemented against the mob mentality. Otherwise, our democracy is heading towards mobocracy.”