Two hours after he was stopped by authorities from entering Bisada, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday afternoon met the family of the man who was lynched in the Uttar Pradesh village earlier this week over rumours that he had eaten beef.
Kejriwal, along with Aam Aadmi Party leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh, met family members of Mohammed Ikhlaq and also talked to villagers after the district administration allowed them.
“The whole village has been affected by the violence. Both Hindu and Muslim families suffered. Political parties were the only ones who benefited,” Kejriwal told media persons after the visit.
Earlier, the local police stopped Kejriwal from entering Bisada, while a mob - including women - attacked media persons and damaged television equipment.
“We r stopped by police n admn. Mahesh Sharma n Owaisi not stopped yest. Then y me? I am most peace loving. Want 2 jst meet Ikhlak’s family,” tweeted Kejriwal as he and his party leaders were escorted to the Akash Ganga Guest House in Dadri.
We r stopped by police n admn. Mahesh Sharma n Owaisi not stopped yest. Then y me? I am most peace loving. Want 2 jst meet Ikhlak's family— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 3, 2015
While the AAP leaders said they were stopped by the police without giving proper reasons, police said they acted out of security concerns as villagers were protesting against VIP movement.
“For the sake of Delhi CM’s protection, we escorted him to a guest house,” said Dadri superintendent of police (rural) Sanjay Singh.
On Friday, culture minister Sharma and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had met the family of 50-year-old Mohammed Ikhlaq, who was lynched on Monday evening by a mob of over 100 people after it was allegedly announced from a local temple that his family had consumed beef.
AAP leaders along with CM KEJRIWAL have been stopped at NTPC guest house by police. No convincing reason given by DIST Administration.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 3, 2015
Police said six people had been arrested in connection with the lynching and a search was on to arrest the remaining accused.
“More accused are being identified through news channel clippings,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Gautam Buddh Nagar, Kiran S.
Police have also booked a person named Anuj Kumar for posting objectionable material on the Bisada incident. He would be placed under arrest if they gather sufficient evidence from seized cyber data.
The district magistrate has issued a warning and said action would be taken against people spreading rumours on social media about the incident.
Ikhlaq’s son, Sartaj, has appealed to the public, including the media, not to disturb the family as they have already said all they have to. The incident sparked national outrage and visits by various political leaders to the village situated 50km from Delhi.
(With inputs from agencies)