On 2nd October 2015, Mulayam Singh’s house was gheroed on the issue of the murder of Akhlaq Ahmed and the muderous attacks on his family; those protesting were demanding punishment of those guilty of these crimes. This was followed by a rally to Jantar Mantar and a meeting there. Social Democratic Party of India, Lok Raj Sangathan and Sikh Youth Forum and several other organisations participated in this demonstration.
It is known that on the night of 28th September, some people barged into Akhlaq’s home in Bissada village in Gautam Budh Nagar in NCR, attacked him fatally, beating him up brutally. His son suffered serious injuries too.
Addressing the meeting, SDPI’s Delhi President Advocate Aslam raised the issue that the Uttar Pradesh government was not taking any action against organisations and the leaders of such organisations which were spreading communal tension every day. Those accused of violence in Muzzafarnagar are being shielded.
Bijju Nayak said that Lok Raj Sangathan demanded justice for Akhlaq’s family and punishment of the guilty. He said this violence was organised by the state. Such incidents do not take place without the support of the state. The ruling classes are bent on breaking the unity of the people. The state systematicallty targets this or that religion or community and spreads enemity between them constantly. At the same time, it gives rise to such organisations and groups, fully supports them so that they can go among the people and spread terror and hatred amidst them.
He said that it has been shown time and again that this state is incapable of protecting the people. Not only does it not punish those who commit such horrendous crimes against the people, it actually rewards them with high positions, even as Prime Minister. He pointed out that the Indian state is communal and its foundation is the communal blood-shed. Its Constitution is communal. Is it not misleading the people, throwing dust in their eyes when this state and its Constitution is praised? Is it not deceiving the people to say that the Election Commission, the courts, bureaucracy and media are all impartial? Is Rule of Law not an instrument to increase the exploitation of the exploited? All of have to think about these questions. We also have to think about whether by prefixing-suffixing words like “fundamentalist”, “communal”, “terrorist” and “extremist“ we are not playing into the policy of the state to divide and rule.
Harminder Singh of Sikh Youth Forum condemned the murder of Akhlaq and the government’s inability to protect the life of people. N.W.C’s Shaheen Kausar demanded that the UP government should punish the criminals as they deserve to be.