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Dadri lynching: After 2 hours, Kejriwal allowed to meet victim's family

PTI 03 Oct 2015, 18:29:35 IST

New Delhi: After being stopped for two hours, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal finally met the family members of 50-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq in Dadri who was lynched by mob over beef rumours.

Amid a protest by some 500 women, Kejriwal's convoy was barred from entering the Bisada village.

Kejriwal, who was accompanied by senior AAP leaders Singh and Ashutosh, was stopped when over 500 Hindu women took to the streets and prevented journalists and politicians from reaching Bisara village.

As some in the street protest hurled stones, Kejriwal's motorcade was diverted to a guest house, police said.

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Kejriwal tweeted that he and his colleagues were stopped by police and administration when central minister Mahesh Sharma and MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi were allowed to proceed to the village on Friday. "Why me? I am most peace loving," he said.

"I am being accused of doing politics. Yes, I am doing politics. But I am doing politics of unity and love. They are doing politics of hatred. We firmly believe that Hindus and Muslims have to stay united and not become vote banks. They want to divide people," the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.

Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Noida in Uttar Pradesh, and Owaisi met the family members of Akhlaq on Friday.

On Saturday, scores of Hindus took out a procession and blocked the entrance to the village, claiming the media and politicians were biased while covering the incident.

They said police were looking for young Hindu men with a view to arrest them.

Many among them said they had lived with Muslims and helped them build their shelters and mosque.

On Monday night, Akhlaq was allegedly dragged out of his house and lynched on charges of killing a cow, an animal venerated by Hindus. The family has denied the charge, saying they only ate mutton.

Amid continuing tensions, Kejriwal and his AAP colleagues decided to visit the village.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh wanted to know why they had been stopped by the administration.

Another party leader, Ashutosh, said: "We think the prime minister should come here and (ensure) that something like this never happens again."