The police have yet again failed to record the statement of Danish, son of Ikhlaq who was lynched at Bisada village on September 28 over rumours that he had slaughtered a cow.
Danish, who was also critically injured in the attack, was declared fit for giving a statement after he was discharged from hospital, police said.
“One of our teams visited Danish’s residence in Delhi on Thursday. Till late evening, the officials tried to speak to him but in vain,” said Anurag Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Dadri.
“As we asked him about the fateful night, he complained of a headache,” Singh said.
The policemen had to leave when Danish started reacting strangely to their questions.
“Danish’s statement is very important. The statement alone will be sufficient for us to file a chargesheet. So far, our team has tried to record his statement at least three times but in vain. If this continues, we will consult a doctor,” Singh said.
Asked about Danish, his brother Mohammad Sartaj, who is with the air force, said, “He is recovering fast. Still, we are taking precautions.”
Meanwhile, police have stepped up the search for six more accused whose names were taken by Danish’s sister during her statement given to the city magistrate last week.
“No additional FIR was lodged in the case. A statement under CrPC 164 (given in front of a magistrate) cannot be used as a proof to arrest anybody. It is a clue following which we will have to corroborate the accused persons’ role in the incident. Our teams are conducting raids,” said Sanjay Singh, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.