A month after a mob lynched Mohammed Ikhlaq at Bisada village in Dadri amid rumours of beef consumption, his family is unhappy with the progress of the police investigation.
Ikhlaq’s elder son Mohammad Sartaj, who is a corporal with the Indian Air Force, said that police had not recorded vital statements of his family to date.
“The police have not got recorded statements of my mother and sister before a magistrate (under CrPC 164). Both of them were witness to the murder of my father. I am waiting as the police have to file the chargesheet only within 90 days and 60 days are still left,” Sartaj said.
He said his younger brother Danish was not in a position to speak as his health deteriorated whenever he recalled the attack. Danish had suffered severe injuries during the attack on the night of September 28.
The police said they initiated investigation from day one and statements of several eyewitnesses from the village had been recorded.
The investigating officer gets statements of witnesses recorded before the magistrate only when he/she thinks that the witnesses can be influenced and can change their statements. However, the CrPC 164 statements become compulsory in cases of crime against women like sexual assault, the police said.
According to the police, all the 10 accused named in the FIR have been arrested. Deputy superintendent of police Anurag Singh said, “We had approached Danish for his statement but the doctors denied permission because of his bad health condition. We are waiting for the doctor’s approval. We have recorded the statements of the victim’s wife and daughter. Their statements will soon be recorded before a magistrate under CrPC section 164.”
A senior police official, who is monitoring the investigation, told HT that the investigating officer had been instructed to file the chargesheet at the earliest.
“We get the case diary report on a monthly basis. The report is also forwarded to the office of the inspector general of police. The case dairy has not been submitted by the investigation officer and may be received by the end of this week,” Sanjay Singh, superintendent of police (rural), said.
Police clueless about forensic report
The city police and the district administration are still clueless about the forensic report on the meat that was recovered from Mohammed Ikhlaq’s house.
Deputy superintendent of police Anurag Singh, who is supervising the investigation, said that the police was yet to receive the forensic report of the meat that was recovered from Ikhlaq’s house.
“We have enough evidence and witnesses to file the charge sheet in the case. The investigation is not dependent on the forensic report of the meat recovered from the scene. The outcome of the forensic report will be submitted in the court by the police as and when it is received. The forensic test is a time consuming procedure,” Singh added.
When HT approached the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh, over the issue of the forensic report, he said that the investigation was on and he was clueless about any report.
On September 28, the police had impounded the meat that was the subject of the controversy over which Ikhlaq was lynched by a mob. The mob had claimed that the meat was beef. The meat was sent for forensic examination to a laboratory in Mathura.
During the attack, the mob searched the entire house to find beef. They found the meat in a refrigerator after which Ikhlaq was murdered on the accusation of having slaughtered a cow.
However, the family claimed that it was goat meat that was sent by Ikhlaq’s married daughter.