Dadri Lynching: Sangeet Som Demands Akhlaq’s Family To Be Sent Behind Bars

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2:28 pm 2 Jun, 2016

The infamous Dadri lynching case is once again making news.

The meat found in victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s home has turned out to be beef , according to lab reports.


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Picture of Mohammad Akhlaq Indian Express

When controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som was asked what he thought about this latest development, he said that he never “termed Akhlaq’s killing right”, but was only of the view that actions must be taken against people who slaughter cows.



BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som. Getty

Som has now demanded that a case must be registered against Akhlaq’s family and added that they should be sent to jail.



Victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s family Getty

Akhlaq was lynched to death by a mob in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh in September 2015. The mob believed that he had slaughtered a cow and ate beef.

Further explaining his demand, Som added:

“In UP, no one has the legal right to slaughter a cow or eat its meat. So a case should be registered under the relevant sections against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family. It is true that Akhlaq died so you arrested people and sent them to jail. But now the people who slaughtered a cow, which is Akhlaq’s family, should also be sent to jail.”

Som then went on to question the relief that was provided to Akhlaq’s family by UP  government and said that the family were “given multiple flats and Rs.1 crore in compensation”.


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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with Akhlaq’s family Mid Day

He asked why “cow slaughterers were being compensated” and urged the UP government to revoke the compensation.

Som is not the only politician to have revocation of the compensation. BJP MP Yogi Adityanath too had made a similar statement earlier this week alleging that UP CM Akhilesh Yadav was doubting the working of his ‘own machinery’ by questioning the authenticity of the report.


BJP MP Yogi Adityanath Indian Express

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath Indian Express

Akhilesh Yadav had said on June 1 that “nothing objectionable was found inside Akhlaq house” but added that the report has stirred the debate once again.

He has asked for more details about the sample. “Where was the sample sent, who received it? There was nothing objectionable in his house,” the UP CM said.

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