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.
Rana’s son, Vishal, is a prime accused in the gruesome lynching and murder of Akhlaq in September last year.
This aftet the residents of Bishada villagae, where Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched to death by Hindutva zealots over rumour that he ate and stored beef in his house, met Noida SSP demanding action against the victim’s family on Sunday.
The residents asked the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP, Dharmendra Yadav, to file an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family for alleged 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.
“It’s a very sensitive matter. The Circle Officer, Dadri, will head a probe into the charges,” he said.
Among those who met Yadav also included Sanjay Rana, the local BJP leader and whose son, Vishal Rana, is a prime accused in the gruesome murder of Akhlaq.
Rana threatened to hold a maha panchayat in the village on Monday because police had failed to register an FIR against Akhlaq’s family.
“A complaint was filed with police after the forensic report said the meat in the freezer at Akhlaq’s house was beef. No FIR has been filed yet in this regard, The villagers have decided to hold a maha panchayat tomorrow as police have failed to register an FIR based on our complaint. Residents of Satha Chaurasi village will also attend it,” he claimed.
He claimed that an eight-member delegation from the village had yesterday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who assured he would speak to the Uttar Pradesh government in this regard.
To prevent that call for a “mahapanchayat”, the police imposed Section 144 in Dadri, which prevents large groups from gathering as a precaution against violence.
But, as has often been the case, the police remained a mute spectator while right-wing group broke the law with impunity.
In a major twist to the case related to Dadri lynching, the police on Tuesday last week had said that another forensic report described the meat was beef or that of ‘a cow or its progeny.’
However, the report said that the sample in question had not been collected from Akhlaq’s house.
An earlier forensic report had described the meal stored in Akhlaq’s fridge was mutton.