Terming last month's incident where a Muslim man was killed after rumours that he had eaten beef as  'unfortunate', Gadkari said communal violence and riots had been taking place since the time India got independence, and asked other political parties to refrain from politicizing the issue.

On the controversial statements made by some party leaders, the former Bharatiya Janata Party president said that such type of leaders existed in each and every party, and added that such comments did not reflect the party's ideology.

Responding to questions over the incident by journalists at an event organised by the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), Gadkari said the law would take its own course in the matter. Clarifying that his party is not politicising the issue, he said the Narendra Modi government wants peace and harmony to prevail in society, and assured that it will try its best to prevent such type of incidents in future.

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