Hyderabad: Slamming the Sangh Parivar over the targeted killing of Muslims in the name of cow protection, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday urged the Muslims not to give in to a fear psychosis being created in the country.
“Those who are killing Muslims in the name of an animal, you are weakening the foundation of this country. The Sangh Parivar will not rule this country forever, but you are undermining the country’s institutions. You are damaging the country", Owaisi said while addressing a gathering at the Jamaat-e-Islami City Conference in Hyderabad.
He said secular character, pluralism and composite culture of the country should be protected.
“I am from a political party. There are others too and differences will be there. But we have to come together to stop those who are diving the community and country", he said.
Owaisi's strong message came on the day when reports came that cattle trader Umar Mohammed was allegedly shot down by cow vigilantes in Alwar, Rajasthan on Friday.
In April last, Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old Muslim farmer, was similarly lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar. A case against some cow vigilantes wre filed after much protest, consequently resulting in some arrests. All those arrested in the case however were later given clean chit by the investigators.
Attacks and targeted killings of Muslims by cow vigilantes are on the rise ever since the BJP government came to power in New Delhi.
A recent report has in fact unearthed deeper game behind the targeting of Muslims in the name of cow protection. The comprehensive report by news agency Reuters has found that there is a systematic plan to economically marginalise Muslims who are already at the lowest level of the economic ladder because of decades of bias and prejudice.
The report also found that cow vigilantes seize cows from Muslim farmers and hand them over to Hindus - a planned strategy to deny Muslims their livelihood.