Some residents of Bisara, the village in Uttar Pradesh where 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was killed in September last year, have decided to organise a ‘mahapanchayat’ (public meeting) in April to demand a CBI inquiry in the case.
Police have arrested 19 men, including a juvenile from Bisara over the killing of Akhlaq, who was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of storing and consuming beef.
Alleging that the investigation into the case was one-sided, some residents have formed a ‘sangharsh samiti’ (agitation committee). The committee includes village pradhan (chief) Sanjay Rana, a local BJP worker, also named Sanjay Rana, whose son Vishal and nephew Shivam were arrested over the lynching, as well as Om Mahesh, father of UP home guard constable Vinay, another accused.
“A ‘mahapanchayat’ has been called by Bisara residents on April 10 and the event will take place at Maharana Pratap Inter college. Residents of 50 nearby villages will take part in the ‘mahapanchayat’,” said the pradhan.
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He added, “Villagers have demanded a CBI inquiry into the Akhlaq case. It should be made clear whether the meat which was recovered from his residence was beef or mutton. The examination report has not been submitted. The action taken in this case has been one-sided… that’s why residents of the village have formed this ‘sangharsh samiti’, which has announced that a mahapanchayat will be held. The committee has around 17-18 members…”
Stating that they did not need permission from authorities for the event, Rana said, “Why do we need permission? Section 144 has not been imposed here.”
Police and district authorities said they have not received any request to hold such an event. “We will take necessary action once such a request is made or if we receive any information about the event,” said sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Yadav.
Dadri’s DCP Anurag Kumar also said police have not received any information about such an event. “But if there is any anti-government agitation and a crowd gathers, law and order issues do emerge,” said Kumar.
On the night of September 28 last year, a mob had barged inside Akhlaq’s residence, dragged him outside and beat him to death.