The city police arrested the 18th accused in Dadri lynching case on Wednesday evening, cops said. The accused, who claims to be a minor, was nabbed from his hideout in Greater Noida and was sent to a juvenile home. Meanwhile, bail application of another accused in the case, identified as Arun, was rejected by the local court on Wednesday.
“The investigators found the accused hiding at one of his relatives’ place. He was nabbed in a raid. He claims to be a juvenile. However, a medico-legal test to confirm his age will be conducted soon to be produced in the court,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri.
On September 28, an angry mob beat up Mohammad Ikhlaq, 55, to death and injured his son Danish, 22, in Dadri’s Bisada village after a local temple announced that they had consumed ‘beef’ and were storing it in their house. Ikhlaq had succumbed to his injuries while Danish survived with critical injuries. The political noise around the story grew stronger as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and others visited the village following the incident.
So far, 18 out of 19 accused, including two minors and a UP police home guard, have been arrested in the case following the statement of Danish’s sister Shaista.
“The final accused in the case is absconding. A manhunt has been launched to nab him. He will be arrested soon. An additional chargesheet will be filed against the recently arrested accused persons,” Singh added.
Ikhlaq’s elder son, Sartaj, is a corporal with the Indian Air Force. The family has been shifted to an accommodation provided by the Air Force in New Delhi.