Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Saturday stoked a controversy when he reacted on the mob lynching incident that took place in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Friday night in which a man was beaten to death.

Asked to comment on the incident, Meghwal said such incidents are reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.

“The more popular Modi ji becomes, the more such incidents will happen. In Bihar election, it was ‘Award Wapsi’. In UP election, it was mob lynching. In 2019 elections, it’ll be something else. Modi ji gave policies and the impact of these are being seen. Incidents (lynching) like these are reactions,” said Meghwal.

The Union minister said that while he condemns such mob lynching, this is not the first such incident, further adding that the 1984 Sikh-related violence was the biggest mob lynching of the nation’s history.

28-year-old Akbar Khan was allegedly lynched by a group of people on suspicion that he was smuggling cows in Alwar district of Rajasthan.

Akbar Khan, 28, and another man were taking two cows to their village in Haryana through a forest area near Lalawandi in Alwar district last night, when a group of people severely thrashed Khan, Ramgarh police station SHO Subhash Sharma said.

The people suspected that Khan was smuggling cows but the allegation is yet to be verified, Sharma said.

The other man accompanying Khan managed to escape.

Khan was rushed to a government hospital in Ramgarh, where doctors declared him brought dead. The body has been kept at a mortuary and the postmortem is expected to be conducted after Khan’s family members reach the hospital.