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India shame: VHP sought death penalty for Akhlaq’s family

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Bishahra: After registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family in the Dadri lynching episode, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded death penalty for the family.

According to a report published in The Hindu, a meeting was held on Monday in Bishahra, which was attended by Senior VHP functionary Jugal Kishor  and other VHP activist .

Kishor put forward the demand of death penalty of Akhlaq’s family after UP police registered an FIR  against them under the U.P. Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, and the Animal Cruelty Act .

“It has been our long-standing demand that those who slaughter cows should be given the death penalty. We demand the same thing in this case where it is proven now that a cow was slaughtered by Akhlaq and his family,” Mr. Kishor said.

“We will demand the arrest of Akhlaq’s family and will also ask for death penalty,” said a local VHP leader who attend the meeting.

Locals stayed away from the VHP meeting, with the village head even condemning the “attempts to communally polarise the village.”

Kaushalya, the new village head condemned the attempts to disturbed communal atmosphere in the village. She told The Hindu corespondent that no villager had invited the VHP leader.

“No villager went to the meeting, which was anyway not a village function. We strongly condemn the attempt to disturb communal harmony,” she said.

Akhlaq was lynched allegedly by his neighbours in Dadri last September over rumours that he and his family had stored beef.

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