New Delhi: The AAP on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over the lynching of a 55-year-old man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, and demanded a probe against union minister Mahesh Sharma for "supporting the communal frenzy".
"Prime Minister has chosen to selectively remain silent on the issue which in turn is a mute support to the BJP's colonels on the ground to make the maximum out of the communal divide," said a statement from the Aam Aadmi Party.
It said the Bharatiya Janata Party was fomenting trouble in Dadri, Delhi's suburban town in Uttar Pradesh, and the party's role in the incident was established after the arrest of the son of a party leader.
"The involvement of the BJP in the Dadri incident is further established with the arrest of a party leader's son as prime suspect in organising the meeting which culminated in the attack on the victim's home."
Union minister Mahesh Sharma -- the Lok Sabha member from Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency within which Dadri area falls -- "has covertly and overtly supported the communal frenzy", the AAP added.
"AAP demands urgent intervention of the Centre in Dadri and seeks that the prime minister should come out clear and mention if he supports the incident or will he take strict action against the elements who are out to destroy the harmony and unity in the society."
The 55-year-old man was lynched and his son beaten up by an angry mob after rumours that they ate beef. The family claims they only ate mutton.