A day after 21-year-old Ravin Sisodia, one of the men accused of beating Mohammad Akhlaq to death, was cremated amid heavy police presence in Dadri district’s Bisara village, senior district administration officials and a few politicians visited Greater Noida district jail and met the 14 other accused in the case Saturday
Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh was one of the senior officials who visited the prison in Kasna area of Greater Noida.
“I met the 14 accused and asked them about their concerns. The residents of Bisara had claimed that the accused wanted to be shifted out of the district jail, as it lacks basic facilities and they were allegedly treated badly by jail officials. I also received feedback from other inmates about lack of food and medical facilities. I have directed the district’s chief medical officer to visit the prison every week to ensure that all facilities are being provided and there is no shortage of medicines,” said Singh.
The DM added that jail authorities are likely to organise programmes on yoga, meditation and music to encourage “rehabilitation” of the inmates. “As part of their rehabilitation programme, the jail administration has been asked to identify the interests of the inmates and divide them into groups accordingly. We will organise workshops and other events, through which they can hone their skills,” said Singh.
“As part of their rehabilitation programme, the jail administration has been asked to identify the interests of the inmates and divide them into groups accordingly. We will organise workshops and other events, through which they can hone their skills,” said Singh.Meanwhile,
Meanwhile, Bidai MLA Bhagwan Sharma also visited the Kasna jail Saturday, a day after he was part of the negotiations between the residents of Bisara and the district administration. “I have come to meet the jail officials… I have sent copies of
“I have come to meet the jail officials… I have sent copies of Bhagvad Gita to the children (the accused). The DM and SSP have made some promises… the DM met the children today. An inquiry is being conducted… but there has been some negligence on the part of some jail officials,” said Sharma.
Akhlaq was beaten to death on rumours of cow slaughter and beef consumption by a mob outside his Bisara residence in September last year. Sisodia was one of the many residents of the village arrested in connection with the incident.
On October 4, Sisodia died at LNJP Hospital in Delhi due to “multi-organ failure of kidney and lungs”. Following his death, Sisodia’s family and residents of Bisara refused to cremate his body till their demands — compensation for his family, arrest of Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad on charges of cow slaughter, a CBI inquiry into Sisodia’s death and action against prison officials — were met.
Sisodia was cremated Friday evening, three days after his death,following a compromise between Sisodia’s family and Bisara residents.