A court in Surajpur in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, has ordered police to register a FIR against the seven members of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched to death in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh last year.
District chief judicial magistrate Vijay Kumar ordered the police that Akhlaq’s family should be booked under relevant sections of the IPC.
Mohammad Akhlaq’s family indianexpress
The lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq hogged national headlines with the opposition hitting out hard against the Centre, accusing it of creating an atmosphere of intolerance where Muslims are under mortal threat.
The seven persons named in the petition include- Akhlaq, his wife Ikraman, mother Asghari, brother Jaan Mohammad, daughter Shaishta, son Danish in the complaint. Sona, wife of Jafaruddin, brother of Akhlaq, was also named in the complaint.
The move comes after Bisada residents moved an application in the court under Section 156(3) of CrPC with a request to direct the police to lodge an FIR. The villagers had filed a complaint based on the forensic report, which says the flesh was of cow or its progeny.
Akhlaq’s family had claimed that the meat found in his house was that of goat, and not beef. A report signed by joint director of Forensic Investigation Laboratory, UP University of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in Mathura, recently concluded that the meat found by the police was indeed beef.
Asgari Begum, mother of 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq huffingtonpost
The petition claims that Akhlaq had admitted to the locals that he had killed a calf, following which he was beaten by locals on September 28, last year.
Villagers in Dadri had demanded charges against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family at a mahapanchayat in June. Beef eating is not a crime in Uttar Pradesh but cow slaughter is a non-bailable offence that carries a punishment of up to seven years in jail.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with Mohammad Akhlaq’s family indianexpress
Yusuf Saifi, lawyer of Akhlaq family, however, said that he would challenge the order in higher court.