Defying prohibitory orders, a large number of residents in Dadri’s Bishada village held a meeting on June 6 to demand the registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family for alleged cow slaughter.
Nine months after he was lynched by a mob over rumour that his family had eaten beef, a report prepared by a forensic lab in Mathura had said that the meat sample belonged to a “cow or its progeny”.
The panchayat, called by the kin of those accused of killing Akhlaq, has given the district administration 20 days to file the FIR. If the government doesn’t take action, the panchayat threatened to hold a ‘mahapanchayat’ in the restive village.
Local Shiv Sena leaders and BJP leader Sanjay Rana were also present at the panchayat. Rana said that his son Vishal is the “real victim” of the incident.
VHP national spokesperson Vijay Shankar Tiwari said, “Had the meat been mutton, the sad incident would have never taken place. Akhlaq, who was deliberately projected as the victim by the state government and a section of the society, had hurt the feelings of the majority by committing the crime of cow slaughtering.”
He alleged that the government had hidden the truth regarding the meat for eight months.
The VHP spokesperson demanded a case against Akhlaq’s family, and that all the facilities, including cash relief of Rs 45 lakh, given to the family be withdrawn. He also demanded freeing all the 17 persons who were arrested in the alleged lynching.
Pratab Singh Sisodia, a village elder said, “Akhlaq may have been a victim, but ‘we’ are the bigger victims.”
Meanwhile, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar supported the demand for registration of an FIR against Akhlaq’s family members and demanded that the compensation given to them be withdrawn.