The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Debashis Biswas, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 28th of September, an infuriated mob in Dadri beat up and killed a 52 year old Muslim man named Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi and brutally injured his son Danish for apparently consuming beef on a holy Muslim festival.
The incident took place in Bisara village of Dadri, Uttar Pradesh where two boys notified the villagers using the temple announcement that Akhlaq’s family had consumed beef on Eid-ul-Adha. Few villagers gathered with sticks, pistols and went up to the Muslim family’s house. It was late in the evening when Akhlaq and his son were asleep. The father and son were dragged out of their homes, beaten up brutally with sticks and stones resulting which Akhlaq lost his life and his son Danish is hospitalised with two major brain surgeries. The infuriated Hindu villagers found some meat in Akhlaq’s refrigerator which they assumed to be beef. As consuming beef is against religious sentiments of Hindus, the entire fiasco took place.
The incident took a political turn as religious sentiments of a specific community was attacked. It was also sensationalised by the Media which up-roared fury amongst political parties. The ruling Samajwadi Party Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced a huge amount to be given away as compensation to the Muslim family for their loss. The opposition blamed the involvement of the Bhartiya Janata Party in patronizing the issue and asked for an explanation from the Prime Minister on the issue.