Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with senior party leaders, today visited the family members of Mohammed Azam of Barkas, who was lynched in Bidar district in Karnataka.
Accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, former minister Sabitha Indira Reddy, AICC secretary V. Hanumantha Rao, former MP Balram Naik and others, Uttam Kumar Reddy met Azam’s father Mohammed Osman and conveyed his deep condolences on behalf of Congress party. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 2.5 lakh to the family on behalf of Congress party. He also informed the bereaved family that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written a letter to him condemning the incident. He assured all support to the family from the Congress party. He also assured that the Karnataka Government would be asked to probe into the matter and punish the culprits in a stringent manner.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also demanded that the State government devise a mechanism to regulate social media and control spread of rumours to prevent incidents like mob lynching. He also said awareness should be created among people against the spread of rumours and how they are leading to the brutal killing of innocent people.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in his letter to the TPCC president, stated, “I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Hyderabad resident Mohammad Azam due to lynching in Bidar district in Karnataka. The loss of an innocent life due to rumours fuelled by social media must be condemned in the strongest manner possible”.
Rahul Gandhi said in the run-up to the general elections next year, there seems to be a sinister design to use social media to poison our collective conscience as a society. “The use of this medium to largely target members of minorities and other marginalized groups needs to be exposed and fought against,” he said. The Congress president directed Uttam Kumar Reddy to extend support to Mohammad Akram’s family, in any manner possible, and to take up this issue at public forums. “While this unfortunate incident occurred in Karnataka, we must step up our efforts to fight against such incidents in Telangana. Support could also be extended to organizations and individuals working towards creating public awareness against such social media rumours,” Rahul Gandhi said in his letter.