21/10/2015 8:06 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Dadri Lynching Was Not A Spontaneous Act, Says Fact-Finding Mission: Report

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 9: Activists of Hindu Sena or 'Hindu Army' burn an effigy of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav as they demand a Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI enquiry to certify their conviction that Mohammed Akhlaq, recently lynched by a mob of Hindus for allegedly storing beef in his house, was indeed storing beef for consumption, on October 9, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Uttar Pradesh government had denied that Akhlaq was storing beef. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Time and again, prominent politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have dismissed the grisly murder of a Muslim ironsmith in Dadri as an "unfortunate accident", implying that an enraged Hindu mob committed the act of violence on the spur of the moment. However, a fact-finding mission from the National Commission for Minorities have a completely different story to tell.

NCM member Farida Abdullah Khan, a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology, said that the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq was not "a spontaneous act" but "some planning was involved". Khan who had visited the village, told The Indian Express that "citizenship rights of Muslims are being denied and challenged".

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Express reported that the commission will on Wednesday finalise its report on the killing of Akhlaq in Bisara village in Dadri. Khan said the elderly Hindus of the village had come forward to demand that the guilty be punished.

"They wanted to meet and told us that they were willing to offer support in identifying the culprits. It did surprise us. We have visited such spots earlier and generally we have seen the locals wash off their hands. Here, they told us they want those behind the killing to be punished," Khan, who had visited Bisara with NCM Chairman Naseem Ahmad and member Tsering Namgyal Shanoo, said.

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The fact-finding team concluded that it was not possible for so many people to "spring out in large numbers out of nowhere and attack". "They could not have gathered in five minutes… there has to be some planning. It was not a spontaneous act," Khan said.

Earlier, both Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had said that the Dadri lynching, though condemnable, was an "unfortunate accident" as a result of "misunderstanding", underplaying the brutal violence that killed Akhlaq and severely injured his son Danish.

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