Cops say probing case of murder not cow slaughter, await report on meat

  • Abhishek Anand, Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
  • Updated: Dec 24, 2015 09:35 IST
A relative holds a photograph of slain Indian villager Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in the village of Bisada, some 35 kilometres (22 miles) north-east of New Delhi. (AFP Photo)

The charge sheet in the Bisada case finds no mention of beef over which Mohammad Ikhlaq was killed and his son was injured. The police said they had not received the report of the flesh recovered from Ikhlaq’s fridge and were only investigating only as a case of murder.

“The chargesheet has been filed against 15 persons on charges of murder. We have made it clear that we are investigating a case of murder and not cow slaughter. However, the forensic reports, which are still awaited, will be submitted to the court as soon as we get them,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri.

In the chargesheet, the investigators claimed that two accused, Shivam and Vivek, had found remains of an animal carcass near the village transformer on the evening of September 28. They claimed the carcass was of a calf that had gone missing and was thrown by Mohammad Ikhlaq, a local resident. They went to the local temple and asked the priest to let them use the loudspeaker.

They accused Ikhlaq and his family of killing the calf and asked the villagers to reach his residence, the charge sheet read.

Police said 15 persons identified as Shivam, Sandeep, Arun, Saurav, Gaurav, Vishal, Shriom, Hariom, Rupender, Vivek, Hariom Singh, Vinay (homeguard with UP Police), Ravin and two juveniles gathered outside his house along with a mob of about 100 people.

“The accused started shouting and abusing Ikhlaq. They broke into the house of Ikhlaq. Ikhlaq and Danish ran to the first floor and locked themselves in a room. They broke into the room and dragged out them downstairs. Ikhlaq’s mother Asgari, wife Ikraman and daughter Shaista were hiding in a room at the ground floor in which there was no latch,” police said in the case dairy.

“The trio tried to block the door but the accused forcibly entered in the room to search their fridge. They found a bowl full of meat and accused Ikhlaq and Danish for killing and eating meat of a slaughtered calf that had gone missing a few days back. Vivek was carrying an iron rod and rest of them had lathis (batons). They started beating the duo,” the police said in the chargesheet.

The duo fell unconscious and locals called the police. They were rushed to hospital where Ikhlaq succumbed to his injuries on September 29. Danish received severe head injuries in the incident, police said in the charge sheet.

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