Seven days after a mob attacked his family in Bisara village – beating his 50-year-old father Mohammad Akhlaq to death while he received severe head injuries – Mohammed Danish spoke to his brother Monday for the first time since the attack.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Danish’s brother, Mohammed Sartaj, said, “We were taking him for a CT scan. On the way, I asked him how he was feeling and he said – first class. For the last two days, Danish seems to have been making an effort to speak. But he managed to speak today.”
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On September 28, Danish (22) and his father Akhlaq had been rushed to Kailash Hospital in Noida after suffering severe head injuries. They were beaten up by a mob in their village after rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption were spread against his family. While Akhlaq was declared brought dead by doctors, Danish has been in a critical state and was kept on ventilator support for seven days.
Meanwhile, Danish’s family said they were likely to move out of the village once Danish’s health improved. “After what happened to us there, I would not want my family to stay on. All houses are so close to each other that their roofs meet. Once police security is lifted, how will we feel safe?” said Mohammad Afzal Saifi, Akhlaq’s brother.
Meanwhile, Sartaj said Danish seemed to be suffering some memory lapses, owing to his head injury. “He does not remember what happened to his family a week ago. I don’t think he has much recollection of what has happened in the last one month. When I asked him what A stands for. He said apple. But when I asked him what Z stands for, he could not reply. Even when the doctors asked him questions, his answers were not factually correct,” said Sartaj.
Doctors at Kailash Hospital Monday said Danish had shown signs of improvement and had been taken off the ventilator. “He has started talking and responding to questions,” said a senior doctor.