Bisada lynching victim Mohd Ikhlaq’s family has rejected the probe report that said the meat found at his house was beef.
“We feel the report is manipulated. We will seek the court’s intervention. It should be probed thoroughly,” said lawyer Yusuf Saifi on Monday. He said he would challenge the forensic report and demand a fair probe.
Ikhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad said, “It seems the forensic report is politically motivated. The court will deliver justice.”
The fast-track court trying the case that shook the country and triggered a debate on intolerance deferred hearing till June 10.
Framing of charges against those accused of lynching Ikhlaq and brutally beating up his son may happen in the next hearing.
“Today (Monday), we objected to the framing of charges as we did not get copies of the statement of Ikhlaq’s daughter Shaista and the medical reports of Danish and Ikhlaq. The court asked the investigators to submit the copies and adjourned the proceedings till June 10,” said Ram Sharan Nagar, counsel for the accused.
Three of total 18 accused in the case filed their bail applications on Monday. Counsel for accused Vivek and Santosh Chaudhary said he would seek changes in the sections under which the case had been registered.
“The mob was agitated as a cow was slaughtered. They had no intention of killing anyone. So the section should be changed from IPC 302 (murder) to IPC 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder),” said Chaudhary.
As many as 18 residents of Bisada in Dadri area, 50 km from Delhi, were booked for murder and assault on September 28 when a mob allegedly attacked Mohammad Ikhlaq, 55 and his younger son, Danish, over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat.
The mob had allegedly recovered a bowl of meat from the refrigerator at Ikhlaq’s house, which they claimed was cow meat. The sample were sent for a forensic test at a Mathura lab which said the meat was of a cow or its progeny.