Alwar lynching: Furore over MA Naqvi's 'no incident' remark, Opposition wants apology

"Apraadhi, qaatil, gunda, badmash... Usko Hindu-Musalman ki nazar se mat dekhiye, apraadhi apraadhi hai (Criminal, murderers, goons, law-breakers... Don't look at them as Hindus or Muslims, a criminal is a criminal)," Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the Rajya Sabha.

Ruckus continued in the Rajya Sabha on Friday with the Opposition demanding an apology from Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who on Thursday claimed "no incident" had happened in Alwar where a Muslim man was lynched by a group of cow vigilantes last week.

The Opposition, led by the Congress in the Upper House, has asked Naqvi to apologise. The minister, meanwhile, repeated it was a law and order issue and asked the Opposition to not look at the incident as a "Hindu-Muslim question".

"Apraadhi, qaatil, gunda, badmash... Usko Hindu-Musalman ki nazar se mat dekhiye, apraadhi apraadhi hai (Criminal, murderers, goons, law-breakers... Don't look at them as Hindus or Muslims, a criminal is a criminal)," he said in Rajya Sabha.

Naqvi said Home Minister Rajnath Singh will make a detailed statement on the Alwar killing on Monday.

Naqvi said Home Minister Rajnath Singh will make a detailed statement on the Alwar killing on Monday.

"The discussion was on and the Opposition started mentioning other states. It is then the statement was given in context of the overall picture. It is a very sensitive issue. We don't accept what happened in Alwar and in such sensitive matter everyone should behave in a sensitive fashion," he added.

Meanwhile, Congress-BJP war of words over Naqvi's statement escalated with BJP MP Subramaniam Swami extending his support for the Union Minister.

"Naqvi is right. I was in house when the Opposition mentioned other states. Then he gave that statement in general," BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said.

Stating that BJP is playing with fire, Congress Rajya Sabha MP PL Punia said, "The discussion was about Alwar. Such a heinous crime took place and minister gave such a statement."

On Thursday, Naqvi had triggered a storm when he tried to downplay the murder of 55-year-old Pehlu Khan and denied it was a case of cow vigilantism, even as the lynching was recorded on various mobile cameras.

Rejecting the Opposition's attack that such attacks were happening in the BJP-ruled states, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said it was a very sensitive issue, but "no such incident has happened, the way the matter is being presented here."

To this, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "I am extremely sorry that the minister is so ill-informed. Even the New York Times has reported (on it) and the minister does not know...I have not come across such an insensitive government."

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