Last year during the occasion of Bakri Eid on September 28, a families festivities in Dadri, UP were cut short when a member of their family Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged out of his house and lynched to death over rumours that he had stored cow meat in his house. This feat was accomplished allegedly by a mob of right wing elements, some of whom belonging to a local BJP leader’s family.
Now, a court orders FIR against lynched victim Mohammed Akhlaq’s family.
Soon after Akhlaq was murdered, the police had collected a sample of the meat from his house in Bisada and sent it to a vet for preliminary testing. These tests had suggested it was mutton, but the police chose to be doubly sure and sent the sample to a lab in Mathura for a conclusive test. And that report had also confirmed it was mutton, Times of India quoting a top government official reported.
Nearly a year after this horrendous act, a court today has ordered an FIR or First Information Report against Akhlaq’s family, based on a petition by villagers. Residents of Dadri led by BJP leader Sanjay Rana on June 5th defied section 144 and held mahapanchayat demanding that an FIR be filed against Mohd Akhlaq’s family for cow slaughter as they maintained that it was cow meat that was stored in the victims house.
Residents of Dadri led by BJP leader Sanjay Rana on Monday defied section 144 and held mahapanchayat demanding that an FIR be filed against Mohd Akhlaq’s family for cow slaughter.
Yadav, as reported by PTI, ordered a probe into the fresh allegation adding that a case will be registered against the family only if the charge that the meat found in Akhlaq’s home was beef was found to be true.
The villagers, including those accused of the mob killing , alleged in the petition that Akhlaq’s family had killed a calf, and that there were eye witnesses who could vouch that the victims brother Jaan Mohammad was seen slitting the throat of the animal.
In a strange twist of events, a fresh forensic report submitted in court has said that the meat in Akhlaq’s home was beef or that of “a cow or its progeny”.
Social media users have reacted with anger and shock on the latest development.
Here are some of the comments:
— Arunoday Mukharji (@ArunodayM) July 14, 2016
India is witnessing a change for sure, Akhlaq was lynched by a mob. But thank god now law is there and his family is being lynched legally.
— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 (@RoflGandhi_) July 14, 2016
— Rahul Mehra (@TheRahulMehra) July 14, 2016
#Akhlaq the magistrate's order seems to suggest that maybe lynching was justified. Perverted justice.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) July 14, 2016
Why FIR against Akhlaq's family? Its not enough that he's lynched to death, now the "guilt" of the family must be established?
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) July 14, 2016
Really, FIR against Ahklaq's family?? Crying shame. Bizarre beyond words. And this from a court of law.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 14, 2016