Mob violence against Muslims rising: Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi: Incidents of mob violence against Muslims are rising, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has said.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the killing of two Muslim cattle traders by a frenzied mob in Jharkhand, Azad wrote: “This is not a one-off incident.

“In the recent past, excuses were made to target the minority community, such as the Dadri lynching, the raid on the Kerala House kitchen, the mess of Aligarh Muslim University, beating and handing over to police of Kashmiri students at Mewar University in Rajasthan and the recent incident in Jharkhand.”

The letter was released to the media on Sunday

A mob on Friday hanged two cattle traders — Muhammad Mazloom, 35, and Azad Khan alias Ibrahim, 15 — in Jharkhand’s Latehar district.

“It is unfortunate that our country has seen a sharp spurt in incidents of threat, mob violence and vigilantism after the formation of the BJP government at the centre,” Azad wrote.

Seeking Modi’s “personal attention” in the matter, he said: “A majoritarian view of democracy is being propagated consciously and deliberately. There is an urgent need to stem this tide, lest it is too late.”