Dadri Row: Villagers To File Complaint Against Akhlaq’s Family


New Delhi: After the Dadri lynching case took a new turn on Tuesday with a fresh forensic report saying the meat at the centre of the controversy was beef, the villagers in Bishada have now decided to file a complaint against the family of Mohammad Akhlaq.

The family of Sanjay Rana, whose 22-year old son Vishal is in jail for the last eight months for the lynching of Akhlaq, and other villagers are likely to file a complaint today at Jarcha police station.

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On Tuesday, a Mathura forensic lab submitted its report in a court, saying the beef found in 52-year-old Akhlaq’s freezer in September last year was beef, and not mutton as stated by a preliminary lab test done by the Uttar Pradesh veterinary department.

It was stated that on the basis of chemical analysis the forensic investigation of the sample showed that it belonged to “cow or its progeny”. The report was sent to the Noida police and submitted to a fast-track court in a sealed cover.

“We were right (about the meat),” Rana told news agency ANI. “The compensation given to Akhlaq’s family should be taken back and a case should be registered against them,” he added.

However, a number of reports today said the meat, which the forensic lab in Mathura tested, was not from Akhlaq’s house, but from a trijunction near his house.

It was at this trijunction that the mob of about 200 people had gathered on the night of September 28 before barging into Akhlaq’s home and attacking him and his son.

Nearly three months after the lynching incident, police filed a chargesheet on December 23 against 15 people, including a minor, but there was no mention of beef in it. A local BJP leader’s son is among those named in the chargesheet.

A chargesheet was also filed against BJP leader Sangeet Som for allegedly violating the prohibitory orders imposed Bishada village where the incident took place.

Akhlaq’s family, which has always denied eating beef on the day of the attack, has rejected the Mathura lab report. “Dadri police said mutton, now you are saying it is beef. This is all politics,” said Akhlaq’s brother Chand Mohammad.

“This report(of Mathura lab) has come after six months. At that time, a report (ofveterinary department) had also come, but it didn’t say the same thing. We don’t know what they have done and what they have done with it?” he added.

Beef eating is not a crime in Uttar Pradesh, only cow slaughter is. The Dadri attack had sparked a nationwide debate over intolerance and beef politics and unleashed a chain of protests across the country, with prominent writers, filmmakers and scientists returning their state awards.