The Telangana Congress presented a cheque of Rs. 2.5 lakh to the family members of Mohammed Azam, a resident of Barkas, who was lynched by a mob that suspected him to be a child-lifter in Bidar district in Karnataka.

The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with other senior leaders including Leader of Opposition in Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir; former Minister Sabitha Indira Reddy, AICC Secretary V. Hanumantha Rao, ex-MP Balram Naik and others met Azam’s father Mohammed Osman and conveyed their deep condolences on behalf of the Congress party.

Mr. Reddy informed the family members that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had written a letter to him condemning the incident and for extending support to the family on behalf of 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.

Mr. Reddy also demanded that the government devise a mechanism to regulate social media and control spread of rumours so as to prevent incidents like mob lynching.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen on Wednesday extended financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh to the kin of Mohammed Azam lynched in Bidar.

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