A Home guard constable has been detained for questioning in connection with the mob attack in village that left a man dead over rumours that he ate beef as tension continued to prevail in the municipality on Sunday with locals attempting to restrict access to outsiders.
As unease prevailed in the village which has been thronged by leaders of various parties, BJP leader Sangeet Som arrived at Uncha Amipur village adjacent to Bisada village and appealed that nobody should indulge in violence.
Police said the constable was detained after the local temple priest stated that the Home guard allegedly forced him to make the announcement about a Muslim family allegedly consuming beef.
Following the beef consumption announcement, the victim Ikhlaq was dragged out of his home and killed on a village street. His 22-year-old son Danish is in hospital following two brain surgeries.
Police had arrested two people - Vishal and Shivam - on Saturday for allegedly forcibly getting the announcement made in the local temple.
One of them was reported to be the son of a local BJP leader.
However, BJP leader Harish Thakur denied that the father of the accused was a BJP office bearer and said he may be a BJP supporter.
The village, meanwhile, witnessed several protests on Sunday as several locals agitated against the arrests of the two and the arrival of journalists and police.
District magistrate NP Singh has written to the SSP to provide women police force at Bishada village as local women were causing law and order problems.
The district magistrate has directed that nobody should be allowed to meet the victim’s family unless family members comprising Jaan Mohhamad, Afzal and Sartaj give permission.
“If they do not want to meet any visitor, they should not be allowed to go to the their house,” he said.
The district magistrate also directed that surveillance should be kept on all visitors and ensure that anti-social elements do not gain entry and disturb the peace.
He has also appealed to the media to exercise self-restraint in the matter so that communal harmony is not disturbed.