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An Iftar with a difference: SIO’s Iftar with Victim Families

The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) invited family members of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, Dadri iron smith Akhlaq Ahmad, Najeeb Ahmed JNU student family and others.

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Khan, 55, was lynched by a brutal self-styled gang of cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan in April this year when he, along with his two sons and nephew and neighbor Azmat Khan, was returning from Jaipur after purchasing some cows and calves from a government-run cattle market. His sons and Azmat sustained injuries but survived. They were also guests at the SIO Iftar today.

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Ahmed, 50, was lynched by a similar mob in Dadri village of Uttar Pradesh in September 2015 following rumors that he ate and stored beef. His son was also brutally assaulted but he survived.

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Another special guest at the event was Fatima Nafees, mother of missing JNU  student Najeeb Ahmed. First year student of M.Sc. (biotechnology), Najeeb mysteriously disappeared from hostel room day after his scuffle with some members of Hindu-right student group ABVP in October last year.

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“We wanted to share happiness of Ramazan with families of mob lynching victims. We wanted to show solidarity with them,” said an President SIO of India Br Nahas Mala, just before the Iftar event began at the headquarters of the national students group.

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Apart from victim families, Muslim leaders, Journalists, Advocates, Student Leaders, social activists and concerned citizens were in the iftar get together.

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