BJP leader’s son among 15 named in Dadri lynching chargesheet

The chargesheet names Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader, and cousin Shivam as the main conspirators who led the mob to Akhlaq’s house and assaulted the family.

Written by Apurva , Aditi Vatsa | Surajpur/ New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2015 5:52 am
dadri lynching, beef ban, Mohammad Akhlaq, beef rumour lynching, religious intolerance, india news, latest news On September 28, a mob had assembled outside Ahklaq’s house after an announcement from the village temple said he had allegedly slaughtered a cow.

The Gautambuddh Nagar police filed a chargesheet Wednesday against 15 people, almost three months after a mob in Bisara village lynched Mohammed Akhlaq and nearly crippled his son Danish.

On September 28, a mob had assembled outside Ahklaq’s house after an announcement from the village temple said he had allegedly slaughtered a cow. Danish, who tried to intervene, and Akhlaq were dragged out of the house, assaulted and rendered unconscious.

While Akhlaq died in a Noida hospital, Danish is slowly recovering after severe head injuries and complicated surgery.

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The chargesheet names Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader, and cousin Shivam as the main conspirators who led the mob to Akhlaq’s house and assaulted the family.

The four men arrested in Bisara, Wednesday. (Express Photo) The four men arrested in Bisara, Wednesday. (Express Photo)

In their statement to police, Vishal and Shivam claimed they were asked by others to commit the act and were willing to identify those responsible.

“The chargesheet in this case was filed Wednesday. It is against 15 people and a supplementary chargesheet will be filed against two more suspects who were arrested today,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Anurag Singh said. He added that two suspects were still at large. Police sources said that in the chargesheet, Danish and his sister Saista were prime witnesses.

“While Saista had given several details, it took more than two months to record Danish’s testimony since his condition was critical. They are the main witnesses and Danish is the key witness,” a senior police officer said.

According to police, the chargesheet mentions that allegations of cow slaughter had been among the reasons to attack Akhlaq. “However, samples of meat found in Akhlaq’s house have been sent for testing and we have mentioned in the chargesheet that samples were taken and that we are yet to receive this report,” another source said.

Police sources also said that the chargesheet mentions the list of evidence recovered from the scene of the crime and from the houses of some of the accused including sticks, samples of blood and a sewing machine, which was thrown on Danish’s head.

Akhlaq’s family had initially named 10 suspects, including Vishal and Shivam, who were all arrested in a span of three weeks. Police sources said Vinay, a home guard, and four others were arrested on Monday. Vinay had initially claimed he witnessed the lynching but was arrested after Danish’s statement to the police.

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    Sri
    Dec 24, 2015 at 8:47 am
    The culprits should be punished severely as per law whoever they are. The PM, the BJP and the local government owe it to the nation to protect its citizens. This should be done in the name of honesty and being fair to its citizens.
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      Afzal Ahmad
      Dec 24, 2015 at 8:06 pm
      For BJP an animal is more precious than a human life. Are we heading towards space age are back to Stone Age. A central cabinet Minister visits these heinous criminals in jail probably to pat their back and give them not only the moral but also some undeclared support. This is our government and its governance and our ideal and efficient PM is silent instead of sacking him. Probably he too has hand in glove because even at the time of the brutal incidence he didn't speak a single word instead he kept deafening silence though consutionally, he is the chief executive of the country. Along with Akhlaq, the government and its governance, humanity and the so-called the Desh Bhakts (patriots) and their patriotic party has shown its real face while they always blame Muslims for every evil in the country. With enormous anti-national activities registered against RSS and its Sangh Parivar like VHP, Bajrang Dal, Durga Vahini, Sanatan Sanstha, Ram Sena, Hindu Sena, and Hindu Jagran Manch …..????? and many more. Why they have not been banned while SIMI having not a single anti-national activity, judicially proven against them continues to remain banned for almost two decades. What message the government is conveying to its citizens especially the Sangh Parivar?
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      1. Raghu Panjala
        Dec 24, 2015 at 6:02 am
        Kirti Azad, the name itself has 'Azad' ,gets suspended but dumbwits like Som get promoted. Where are bhakts who were all the while shouting that this incident is because of cow being stolen? The culprits acknowledged that they were ordered. Where is the shame here, no repentance. That is the motto of bhakts ,shameless snakes.
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        1. Mayur Panghaal
          Dec 24, 2015 at 6:31 am
          BJP is fast heading for oblivion.They will be wiped out frm the face of this country.Modi and Shah will hang on the noose.Criminal gang is running the country
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          1. Mayur Panghaal
            Dec 24, 2015 at 6:59 am
            BJP published full page ads featuring woman hugging cow before Bihar elections.Sushil Modi used Beef to further BJPs agenda by promising to ban beef slaughter from the stage (its already banned in Bihar). These killers should be hanged in public.And they have the cheek to talk about tolerance ?? Bloody killers !!
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