Don’t give political colour to Dadri incident: Rajnath

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today termed the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumour of beef eating as “unfortunate” and said it should not be given any “communal colour”.

“It was an unfortunate incident. But it is not proper to give communal colour to it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

The Home Minister also said no one should do politics over the incident.

“The incident should not be politicised,” he said, as political leaders continued to make a beeline to Bishada village in Dadri where Iqlakh, 50, was beaten to death by a mob on Monday night after a public announcement from the local temple that a calf had been slaughtered and his family had eaten beef.

His 22-year-old son Danish who was also attacked is battling for life at a hospital following two brain surgeries.

The incident has sparked outrage in the country, with parties attacking the BJP alleging that the killing was a result of its “politics of hatred”.

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who is also the local BJP MP, had claimed that it was an “accident” and had rejected allegations that it was a “premeditated murder”.