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They stoned father till death: Daughter of man accused of cow slaughter

Family members of the victim who was killed by a mob on Monday night rubbished the calf-slaughter theory and alleged that it was a planned attack that resulted in murder.

noida Updated: Sep 30, 2015 10:48 IST
Saurabh Trivedi
Saurabh Trivedi
Hindustan Times
Communal tension,Cow slaughter,Victim
A man was killed and his son critically injured by a mob over an allegation of cow-slaughter, in Bisada village, Greater Noida. Police and PAC were immediately deployed in the village to maintain law and order. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Family members of the victim who was killed by a mob on Monday night rubbished the calf-slaughter theory and alleged that it was a planned attack that resulted in murder.

The family members alleged that a call from the loudspeaker mounted on a village temple incited the mob to attack their house.

“After dinner, my father went to sleep in his room on the first floor. We heard the announcement from the village temple in our vicinity calling the villagers to assemble at our house as he had slaughtered a calf. At 10:30pm, more than 100 people armed with sticks and bricks surrounded my house. They abused and broke the main gate to enter our house. They mercilessly thrashed my brother who was studying on the ground floor and damaged the furniture. Thereafter, they went upstairs and attacked my father,” said Mehraaj, daughter of the victim.

Danish, the victim’s 21-year-old son, was critically injured in the attack and is on ventilator support in Kailash Hospital, Noida, the police confirmed.

The mob also misbehaved with the women in the house, Mehraaj added.

Mehraaj said the mob dragged her father to the main road of the village. “They tore my father’s clothes. We pleaded with them to leave him but they did not listen. They kept hitting on my father’s head and chest with stones and sticks till he died. The mob dispersed after they heard the siren of the police vehicles,” she said.

She did not know who informed the police but the area police officials said that they got a phone call about the attack.

Senior citizens of the village say Ikhlaq’s family has been living in the village for the past 70 years and they had a good reputation among the villagers. He was a blacksmith and used to help everyone in the village that has never witnessed any communal tension in the past.

“He was very happy when his elder son Sartaj got recruited in Indian Air Force around two years ago. His younger son Danish was studying in a college and was preparing for competitive exams for a government job. The incident is very unfortunate for the entire village,” said Dharam Pal, a villager.

The Bisada village falls under Dadri tehsil in Greater Noida. It has a population of 9,000 people, most of whom belong to the Thakur community. The village has only two houses belonging to Muslims.

Ikhlaq’s neighbours have been missing since the incident and have abandoned the village.

The victim’s cousin Toufiq Khan, who managed to flee from the spot after the mob attack told police that the mob tried to beat him as well.

Superintendent of police (rural) Sanjay Singh said six of the 10 accused named in the FIR, all in their late 20s, were arrested and the situation was under control. Those arrested have been identified as Rupender, Vivek, Sri Om, Sandeep, Saurabh and Gaurav while a manhunt has been launched to nab the rest.

Angry over the arrest of six youths from Bisada village, some villagers from neighbouring Oocha Amirpur village clashed with the police on Tuesday morning. However, no curfew has been imposed in the area, said Kiran Sivakumar, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Read: One dead in communal violence in Greater Noida village

First Published: Sep 30, 2015 10:36 IST