“Met the family of Mohd Akhlaq and expressed my deepest condolences. It is very sad to see the trust and harmony built over decades, destroyed by the politics of hate. Hatred between our people weakens India. We have to stand together and fight those who spread it,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted after meeting the victim’s family.
Gandhi’s visit came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the bereaved family and also met residents of the village.
Criticising the killing, Kejriwal said political parties wanted to create a divide between Hindu and Muslim communities for the sake of vote bank. “Nobody has benefitted from this, except some political parties and their leaders,” Kejriwal told the media here.
“Whole village is regretting over this incident, all the families are regretting. This is against humanity and all of us are ashamed of this act. This had never happened in this village,” he added.
Meanwhile, two main accused in the lynching case, Shivam and Vishal, were arrested on Saturday, raising the total of the number of accused in the case to eight.
According to reports, Vishal is the son of local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary Sanjay Rana.
Six people were arrested earlier after public outrage over the killing of a man by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, allegedly over rumours that he had consumed beef.
The deceased Mohammed Aqlakh’s elder son Sartaj, who is an Air Force personnel, had appealed to politicians and the media to not disturb the family during their time of grief.