Denied entry to Dadri, Cong holds fast at Delhi-Noida border
A delegation of state Congress leaders, led by AICC general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry, had planned to stage “<g data-gr-id="16">sadbhawna</g> <g data-gr-id="17">upwas</g>” in Dadri to appeal for communal amity, but were denied entry into the town, Congress spokesman Amarnath Agarwal said.
However, the delegation – comprising Uttar Pradesh Congress <g data-gr-id="15">Committtee</g> president Nirmal Khatri, former ministers RPN Singh, Jiten Prasad, among others – held the ‘fast’ inside a park on the Delhi-Noida border to make an appeal for peace and amity, he said.
“The leaders resolved that since their party is the oldest, they have the responsibility to make the public aware of the designs and actions of ruling parties at the Centre and state aimed at harming the social fabric and ask them to remain vigilant,” Agarwal said.
Others present on the occasion were Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Pradeep Mathur, Naseeb Pathan (all legislators) and Vivek Bansal (AICC secretary) among others, Agarwal added.
Rs 5-Lakh aide given to Ikhlaq’s brothers, firing victim
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration on Saturday extended financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the brothers of Md Iqlakh, who was lynched by a mob in Dadri over allegations of consuming beef. The same amount was also given to Rahul Yadav, 20, who had suffered bullet injuries during protests by residents of <g data-gr-id="28">Bisada</g> in the aftermath of the lynching, DM NP Singh said.
SDM Rajesh Kumar Singh, flanked by <g data-gr-id="29">Bishada</g> village head Sanjeev Rana handed over the cheques to Ikhlaq’s brothers Jaan Mohammed, Jamil and Afzal at the NTPC guesthouse, where the administration has put up a transit camp. following the killing of Iqlakh.