Greater Noida: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed he was stopped from visiting Bishada village in Dadri where a mob killed a man over rumours that he had eaten beef.
The AAP leader questioned why he was stopped from meeting the family when leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi and Mahesh Sharma were allowed. Kejriwal, who was accompanied by AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh, said he was was stopped outside the village after locals protested against visitors to the village.
Arvind Kejriwal. Pic/PTI
"We r stopped by police n admn. Mahesh Sharma n Owaisi not stopped yest. Then y me? I am most peace loving. Want 2 jst meet Ikhlak's family," he tweeted.
Yesterday, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had visited Bishada village to console victim Mohammed Iqlakh's family and had questioned the Prime Minister's silence on the 'pre-planned murder'.
Owaisi had rubbished claims that Iqlakh's family was attacked because of rumours that it had eaten beef and alleged he was done to death because of his religious persuasion. "This attack was not because of meat. The SP government, instead of arresting the murderers, is getting a forensic test done on the meat found at the victim's home. Their mind, which is full of poison, should be examined first. They are treating the victim as accused," he had said.
Mahesh Sharma, the local BJP MP, had also visited the bereaved family yesterday. He stated that the killing was an 'accident' which should not be given a communal colour and over which no politics should be done as it may prove to be 'dangerous'.
There were also reports that a group of women had driven out mediapersons and other visitors from the village. Contingents of Provincial Armed Constabulary and state police have been deployed across the village where prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people continued to be in force.
District Magistrate M P Singh had claimed that the situation was under control and reasoned that the incident should be treated as a 'solitary case' and not a communal clash as no other Muslim family was affected.