The Dadri police, which is investigating the Bisada lynching case of Greater Noida, on Tuesday claimed that the five accused who were arrested on Monday had admitted that they were present at the spot. But they have denied their involvement in the crime.
Mohammad Ikhlaq (55) was lynched and his son Danish was critically injured when a mob attacked their house on September 28 following rumours that they had slaughtered a cow.
“Technical investigation has confirmed that all the five accused, who were arrested from Bisada on Monday, were present in the village (at the time of the incident). The accused have also admitted that they were present at the spot. But they have denied being involved in the crime,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri. “We have video proof of all the 10 accused, who were arrested earlier, confessing to their role in attacking Mohammad Ikhlaq’s house,” Singh said.
To strengthen the case, the investigators are trying to make at least one of the accused an approver in the case.
“A person, who is not involved in the incident directly, can become an approver under Section 308 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and give a statement against rest of the accused, making the case stronger for the police. It will also help in quick disposal of the case in the court,” Singh said.
On Monday, the police arrested five persons, including home guard of the UP police, for their alleged involvement in the case.
“The home guard, Vinay, was present on the spot at the time of the incident. His involvement in the case is a matter of investigation. Other accused Ravin is an electrician. Rest of the two accused, Hariom and Arun, are unemployed. One of the accused is a juvenile and was sent to the juvenile home,” Singh said.
So far, 15 persons, including two juveniles, have been arrested in the case. Except the juveniles, all other accused are lodged in the city jail.
Meanwhile, the counsel of a juvenile has accused the police of framing his client. “The police cannot turn any of the young men approver as they are innocent. They were picked randomly without investigation,” said Thakur Shishpal, counsel of the juvenile who was arrested from Delhi in October.