New Delhi, July 28: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig defended his partition remark saying that what he said was right and if he hadn’t said it, he would have felt very guilty and cowardly. “I said something which was very right…Problem of Kashmir is due to partition. We can’t undo the mistake of 1947 but we can do something about mistakes taking place daily,” Baig said referring to a rising number of mob lynching cases on suspicion of cow smuggling. Also Read - Days After Meeting Mehbooba Mufti, PDP Leaders Seek Permission Again to Talk to Detained Party Chief
Earlier in the day, the PDP leader had said that if killings of Muslims in the name of cows and buffaloes continue then India might have to undergo another partition. “The killings of Muslims in the name of cows and buffaloes should be stopped otherwise the outcome will not be good. There has already been a partition in 1947 (Gai aur bhains ke naam par musalmano ka katal bandh karein warna natije achhe nahi honge. 1947 mein ek partition pehle hi ho chuka hai)” he said. Also Read - PDP Leader's PSO Shot Dead in J&K's Bijbehara
Baig’s reaction has come a few days after 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched to death in Alwar on the suspicion of him being a cow smuggler. He was taking some cows to his village through a forest near Lalawandi area when the locals thrashed him brutally. They were brutally thrashed, the office of Additional Director General Jaipur Range, Ramgarh, received this information at 12.40 a.m. When the police team reached the spot they found an injured Khan lying in the mud. Also Read - Even Militants Deserve Dignity After Death, Mehbooba Mufti Says Armed Forces Use Chemicals in Encounters
A year before, a 50-year-old man named Pehlu Khan was beaten to death last year by cow vigilantes in the same districts. Many other such cases have been reported from across the country.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on July 24 said that the evidence shows that Rakbar Khan, who was lynched by an agitated mob on the suspicion of being a cow smuggler, died in custody. He said that further investigation is underway. According to the evidence we have collected, it looks like a custodial death,” Gulab Chand Kataria said, ANI reported.