Relatives of the accused persons in the Dadri lynching case filed a complaint against the family of the victim, Mohd Ikhlaq, for cow slaughter at the Jarcha police station on Thursday.
“Law should be the same for everyone. Now that the forensic report has confirmed that cow meat was found from Ikhlaq’s fridge, we have requested the police to register a case against Ikhlaq’s family,” said Omveer Singh, the father of an accused, Sandeep.
On Tuesday, the counsel of one of the accused persons accessed a certified copy of the forensic report of the meat recovered from Ikhlaq’s fridge. The report concluded that the meat was of cow or its progeny.
The police said they were looking into the matter.
“We will see what can be done in the complaint,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Dadri.
On the night of September 28, a mob of locals attacked Mohammad Ikhlaq, 52, and his son Danish, 21, at their residence at Bisada village in Dadri, 50km from Delhi. The mob alleged they had slaughtered a cow and stored its meat for consumption.
Ikhlaq succumbed to his injuries a day later. Danish survived with a fractured skull. The mob claimed they had recovered a bowl of cow meat from Ikhlaq’s fridge.
Nineteen residents of the village were named in the FIR, 18 of whom were arrested on charges of murder and assault. One of the accused was let off as he was reportedly not in the village at the time of the incident.
The police have already filed a charge sheet against the accused persons and said the forensic report of the meat was not relevant in the investigation of murder and assault.