Families of the accused in the Dadri lynching case and the police locked horns on Friday over registration of an FIR against the family of Mohammad Ikhlaq for alleged cow slaughter.
The families of the accused have registered a complaint against Ikhlaq’s family after one of their counsels accessed a forensic report that confirmed that the meat found in Ikhlaq’s fridge was of a cow or its progeny. These families want the police to register an FIR. They have threatened to hold a protest on GT Road on Monday if no FIR is filed. But the police said that an FIR cannot be filed before a preliminary investigation. They also refused to give permission to the families of the accused for holding the protest, saying only peaceful meeting will be allowed in the village.
On Thursday evening, villagers visited the Jarcha police station, demanding registration of an FIR against Ikhlaq’s family.
“If our demand is not met, we will stage a protest on GT Road on Monday. The law should be the same for every individual. Now that the report has confirmed that cow meat was recovered, a case should be registered,” said Sanjay Rana, headman of Bisada village.
The police, however, said no protest will be allowed in the communally sensitive locality.
“Only peaceful meetings are allowed, that too, after permission from the administration. Nobody is allowed to block roads or stage a protest. As a precautionary measure, we have deployed a company of provincial armed constabulary at the village,” said Dharmendra Singh, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Guatam Budh Nagar.
He said a complaint of cow slaughter was received at the Jarcha police station and the matter will be investigated.
“No FIR can be filed before primary investigation. Moreover, the matter is sub-judice,” said Singh.
The villagers are also planning to call a mahapanchayat of Rajputs from 144 villages and are in talks with the headmen of these villages. The administration has, however, not given them permission to hold any such mahapanchayat.
On the night of September 28, a mob of locals attacked Ikhlaq (55) and his younger son Danish (21) at their house at Bisada village of Dadri, 50 km from Delhi, over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat for consumption. Ikhlaq succumbed to his injuries while Danish survived with a fractured skull. The mob had found a bowl of meat from Ikhlaq’s fridge, which they claimed was beef.
A sample of the meat was sent for forensic test. The reports confirmed that the meat was of a cow or its progeny. Slaughtering a cow or its progeny is prohibited in Uttar Pradesh. The police have arrested 18 persons on charges of murder and assault.