Half an hour before the attack, an announcement was allegedly made at a temple nearby that a calf had been slaughtered and its carcass had been found near a transformer.
Unlike some BJP-ruled states, there is no ban on possession and consumption of cow meat in Uttar Pradesh if the animal is not slaughtered within the state. The Muslim appeasing party needs to go away from Uttar Pradesh. This is what is seen to have been committed like Devil’s act in Noida wherein a man belonging to a minority community was done to death in Greater Noida for allegedly sacrificing a cow on Tuesday.
However, the mob raised chaos, attacking the policemen post the incident. Then some people got agitated. They have also put the village and surrounding areas on high alert to avoid any untoward incident.
Akhlaq’s daughter Sajida said the family had mutton in the fridge and not beef. “If they have done this, they should have kept in mind what the reaction would be”, he added. “My father was dragged outside and beaten with bricks”, she told the daily.
“What wrong did those people (who murdered Akhlaq) do?” A mosque was damaged, but the police managed to control the situation.
Akhlaque’s elder son Sartaz works as a mechanical engineer with the Indian Air Force in Chennai.
Even as the lynching of a 50-year-old Muslim man by an errant mob following rumors that he ate beef stirred nationwide outrage, a former BJP MLA and villagers showed no remorse, instead they are trying to justify the inhuman incident which according to them was done out of “excitement” by “innocent children”.
“Over the past few months, his supporters have been frequenting the village with some RSS activists”. They also said the accused should be charged with culpable homicide and not murder, threatening to hold a mahapanchayat in Bisara village if their demands were not met. But they can’t stay in the village permanently.
“We have formed peace committees to restore communal harmony in the area”, the DM said.
The family also alleged that neither the neighbor nor the police reached the spot on time to rescue Iqlakh. “We are very good neighbours”, Garima said.
Sharma further said the police should register a case against the victim’s family. “The mob had turned wild as if they had licence to kill someone for eating meat”. “As the police came to know about the incident, it rushed the critically injured person to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries”.