With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in Dadri, the families of the accused in the Bisada lynching case want the police to expedite the investigation in cow slaughter case against Ikhlaq’s family.
The family of the accused said that an acquittal of their relatives is in the hands of the judiciary, but the new government can ensure that the investigation of cow slaughter by Ikhlaq’s family is speeded up.
They said that the Samajwadi Party government failed to act swiftly and tried to save its vote bank by falsely implicating 20 persons, and only the BJP had supported them throughout.
The son and nephew of Sanjay Rana, who was previously associated with the BJP, are in jail for Ikhlaq’s killing. Rana said that a selective approach was adopted in dealing with the case.
He questioned how the police could book only 20 persons when hundreds were involved in the lynching incident. Also, the treatment given to Ikhlaq’s family after the incident was unacceptable to the villagers, he said.
“BJP tried to woo voters by invoking the lynching episode and claiming to release our youngsters, but the acquittal has to be done by the court and the government has no say in it. However, we have expectations that the BJP cadre, particularly the Dadri representative, will ensure a swift investigation into the cow slaughter case. The police were supposed to investigate the matter and submit the finding to the court, but it is taking place at a snail’s pace,” he said.
The tiny hamlet, which usually wears a silent and sombre look, burst into massive celebrations on Saturday.
Soon after the election results were declared, residents gathered on roads and chanted slogans of Modi and Tejpal Nagar. Reportedly, a few of the slogans also reflected that the youth languishing in jails would be back soon.
The lynching, which was sparked by suspicions of cow slaughter on the night of September 28, 2015, contributed majorly in changing the demographics of the village.
Urmila Devi, whose two sons Gaurav and Saurav are in jail, said that the new government has to intervene in the matter, as promised. “Bahut bhaag dor kar li abhi tak, sarkar se apkesha hai ki hamare bachhe ghar wapis aajayein. Humko kanoon vyavastha ka nahi maloom aur na koi vakeel kar sakte hain. (We have run from pillar to post and approached every possible person for the release of our children. We expect the government will see to it as we cannot afford a lawyer).”
However, the Muslim families in Bisada said they are hoping that the villagers set aside the lynching episode and put an end to their differences, to live in a harmonious atmosphere.
“After the incident, there was never any attack on us, but we do live in fear. In this village, there is support as well as opposition to us, but we keep such thoughts confined,” 65-year-old Mohammad Anees said.
Before Ikhlaq’s lynching, there were 60 Muslim families in Bisada, of which 25 have relocated elsewhere. In the lynching case, 17 accused are still in jail and their request for bail is pending in Allahabad high court, while trials are underway in the Gautam Budh Nagar district court.