A district court in Greater Noida is on Thursday likely to hear a plea which wants a police complaint to be filed against Mohammad Ikhlaq’s family for slaughtering a cow and storing it’s meat for consumption.
Lawyers of accused persons in the Dadri lynching case had sought registration of a case against Ikhlaq’s family, including his brothers, citing the forensic report of the flesh, which was allegedly recovered from deceased’s house.
“As the forensic report confirmed that it was cow meat, a criminal case against Ikhlaq’s family under sections of Uttar Pradesh cow protection Act 1955,” said Ram Sharan Nagar, counsel of the accused persons.
On the night of September 28, a mob of locals at Bisada village of Dadri area attacked Ikhlaq, 55 and his younger son Danish at their residence over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat for consumption. Ikhlaq had succumbed to his injuries while Danish survived with a fractured skull. The mob had allegedly recovered a bowl of meat from Ikhlaq’s fridge, forensic reports of which confirmed it belonged to a cow or its progeny.
Following the forensic report, the residents of Bisada village filed a complaint with the Jarcha police station against Ikhlaq’s family and sought registration of an FIR. As the police did not file an FIR, the residents organised a panchayat on June 6 and gave a 20-day ultimatum to the administration to register a case. In the meantime, counsel of the accused persons filed an application with the district court seeking FIR against Ikhlaq’s kin for slaughtering a cow.
Nineteen persons were named in the FIR for murder and assault, 18 of whom, including 3 juveniles, were arrested and one was let off due to lack of evidence. Ikhlaq’s family had shifted to Delhi at his elder son Sartaj’s residence, who is a corporal with the Indian Air Force.