The Dadri beef lynching probe took a new turn after one of the accused died of kidney and respiratory failure at a hospital in Noida.
Ravi Sisodia, 22, was rushed to Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital from district hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh on October 4 after suffering “kidney failure”.
“He was brought here in a very bad condition, with kidney failure and high blood sugar level, around 12 noon. He died around 7 PM of kidney and respiratory failure,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital, Dr J C Passey said.
While jail officials blame dengue or chikungunya for his death, the youth’s mother blamed police for his death, accusing them of negligence.
He was arrested on December 21 last year and was lodged in a jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar district. He had been down with fever for four days in Greater Noida’s Luksar jail. His condition deteriorated and he passed away around 6pm due to kidney and respiratory failure, doctors said.
Ravi is survived by his wife and a six-month-old daughter.
Nirmala, Ravin’s mother, questioned the authorities that when he was suffering from fever for several days, why he was he taken to hospital when the situation became critical? Ravin’s family also contend that he was beaten up at the jail.
A postmortem examination will be conducted on October 5 to determine the cause of death. Since Robin died in judicial custody, a judicial inquiry is expected to be held.
District magistrate N P Singh said he had sought a report from the jail superintendent.
Ravin, a Class X pass out, worked as a driver when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Akhlaq and the attack on his younger son Danish.
Ravi was one of the 18 accused in the Dadri lynching case.
The Dadri beef lynching hogged the media limelight and caused a huge uproar in the country. In Dadri’s Bishada village, Mohammed Akhlaq (51) was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September last year on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.