A massive controversy has erupted over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's rally in Bisara, with the Congress raging incandescent at seventeen accused persons of the 2015 Dadri Lynching case allegedly being spotted at the very front of the crowd.
The rally took place near Dadri, where in September 2015, 55-year-old resident Mohammad Akhlaq's home had been attacked over suspicions that he had slaughtered a cow. Akhlaq died as a result and his son Danish was badly injured, with the accused in the case currently out on bail.
The main accused, Vishal Rana, and sixteen others were allegedly caught on video at the public address where the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister even referenced the ghastly incident, going on to talk about how cow-slaughter was rampant in the state under the previous Samajwadi Party-led government.
During his speech, Yogi Adityanath said, "There used to be a time when if a person went anywhere with a bullock cart and took a minute to sit at a tea shop, when they would come out, their bullocks and the cart would be gone."
He went on to add, "Illegal slaughterhouses used to operate here with impunity. And who doesn't know what had happened at Bisara, how the Samajwadi party tried to brush it under the rug. Our government came in and shut all the illegal slaughterhouses."
The Congress has highlighted the incident, with party MLA NA Haris tweeting a news report and writing:
"The accused in the Dadri lynching case were seen sitting in the front row of a BJP rally addressed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Bishahra village of Dadri area. This is how #Chowkidar work. Bhp style. #Dadrilynching"