As a gesture of peace and brotherhood, over 100 hundred Hindu villagers visited Ikhlaq’s house in Bisada on Sunday and told his family to stay back in the village, condemning the “ghastly act” by a few youths.
Dadri sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Kumar Singh said prominent seniors of the village visited Ikhlaq’s house. They want normalcy to return to the violence-hit village as the presence of large posse of police and security forces is affecting peace in the village, Singh said.
“I agreed to the demand of villagers and talked to Ikhlaq’s family, and they also expressed their willingness to meet Hindu families. A meeting was arranged at Ikhlaq’s house. Around one hundred villagers that included senior citizens, women and children went to the victim’s house and met his family members,” said the Dadri SDM.
Sanjay Rana, headman of Bisada village, said many prominent villagers approached him with request to arrange a meeting with Ikhlaq’s family members. He contacted administration and police officials to mediate. After consent from Ikhlaq’s family, a meeting was arranged at his house, where an angry mob lynched Ikhlaq on the suspicion of cow slaughter.
“Around one hundred villagers from various pockets of the village and all Muslim families in the village gathered at Ikhlaq’s house. Villagers were apologetic about what happened on September 28 night. Prominent villagers assured victim’s family members of all possible help like accommodation and food. Villagers will not allow Ikhlaq’s family to move out of the village in any case,” said Rana, the headman.
The villagers also assured and took the responsibility of the marriage of one Anwar Miyan’s daughter Nafeesa that was scheduled to take place on October 11. “Nafeesa is like a sister to us. The Hindu community will take charge of her marriage. I have spoken to the groom’s father on phone and assured him that she is part of our family and the marriage will take place on the scheduled date. The groom’s father has agreed,” said Jagdish Sisodia, another senior citizen from the village.
“A marriage procession of a groom left the village on Sunday morning. We also took part in the marriage procession. Two other marriages of girls from Muslim community are also scheduled on October 11 and 12. Villagers assure fathers of brides that the entire village will participate in the marriages. It will be a family function for the village,” said Jagdish.
Meanwhile, peace co-ordination committee have been formed in each pocket of the village. The committee will comprise people from Hindu and Muslim communities. “People from both the communities will meet everyday in each pocket of the village. It will help re-establish communication between villagers. The district administration is closely monitoring the situation in the village. Life is getting back to normal,” said the SDM.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed officials to take action against persons who spread rumours and post communal messages and pictures on social networking sites or WhatsApp.