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Akhlaq was threatened, taunted as ‘Pakistani’ on Eid: Wife

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Greater Noida: The killing of a man in a village here following rumours that his family consumed beef was part of a bigger conspiracy with two right-wing organisations operating in the area to spread communal disharmony, his widow said on Friday.

A mob beat to death 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and critically injured his 21-year-old son Danish in Bisara village in Greater Noida on Monday night.

Ikram, wife of Mohammad Akhlaq, told IANS that while her husband was returning home on Eid, some young boys taunted him as a “Pakistani” and said they would not allow a Pakistani to live in this village and will repeat a Muzaffarnagar style incident, referring to the communal riots in western Uttar Pradesh in September 2013.

“And suddenly on Monday midnight, goons barged into our house and lynched Akhlaq, accusing him of sacrificing a cow. Our family is a patriotic family… our elder son is working with the Indian Air Force while second son Danish, who is completing his graduation this year, is inclined to join the Army,” she said.

Intelligence sources revealed that some activists of the Pratap Sena and Samadhan Sena were operating in the area to woo youth in the age group of 18 to 25 years and also disturbing communal harmony.

Circle Officer, Dadri, Anurag Singh said that some oral information regarding the Pratap Sena and Samadhan Sena has come from the public.

“No authentic information about these organisations creating trouble came in black and white,” he added.