Dadri lynching: Bisara simmers after death of 21-year-old accused, villagers refuse to cremate body

As residents took out rallies, holding officers of the Gautam Budh Nagar district jail responsible for Ravin’s death and demanding their arrest, most Muslim residents of the village remained inside their houses.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi/dadri | Updated: October 7, 2016 12:54 pm
dadri-759 Residents of Bisara village participate in a protest rally Wednesday. Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav

Under heavy security cover, the village of Bisara in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri waited, on Wednesday, for some of its residents to return from Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital with the body of a 21-year-old youth, Ravin. Police personnel manned the village gates, the mosque, the local temple and other parts of Bisara. The scene was almost similar to the one witnessed in the village a year ago, in the days after its resident Mohammad Akhlaq was beaten to death.


Many remained confined to their houses while several others took to the streets, organising rallies and burning effigies of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in protest.

Tension in Bisara escalated Tuesday night after news about the death of Ravin, one of the 19 men accused of killing Akhlaq, reached the village.

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As residents took out rallies, holding officers of the Gautam Budh Nagar district jail responsible for Ravin’s death and demanding their arrest, most Muslim residents of the village remained inside their houses.

“The rally covered the entire village. The participants were shouting slogans condemning (UP minister) Azam Khan and Akhilesh Yadav. The situation is very tense. Police personnel are present in the village but anything can happen. We have been advised not to step out. We are just being careful,” said a Muslim resident of Bisara on condition of anonymity.

Miles away, at the mortuary in LNJP, Ravin’s father Ranvir Sisodia said he had been waiting for his son’s body for almost 22 hours. “I came here Tuesday evening, after Ravin was brought here for treatment from the prison. I have spent almost a day here but my son’s body has not been given to me. Earlier, we came to know that he was unwell. He fell ill after a scuffle with some jail officials. We had asked the authorities to ensure that he gets proper treatment,” said Sisodia.

On September 30, Ravin’s lawyer Ram Saran Nagar had filed a petition in a local court. The plea stated that Ravin was suffering from “chikungunya fever and he has unbearable pain in his spine and other parts of his body”.

“…. The petitioner/accused is not being treated at the district prison hospital. In this situation, keeping in mind the future of the petitioner/accused, it is necessary that the petitioner/accused is shifted to the district hospital in Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar for treatment,” stated the petition.

According to Nagar, the court had instructed the jail superintendent to do the needful.

Ravin’s family claimed that while he was initially shifted to the district hospital in Noida, he was taken back to the prison, where his condition worsened. “He was at the Noida district hospital only for a few hours… then he was sent back to prison. On Tuesday morning, as Ravin’s condition worsened, he was referred to LNJP Hospital, where he died a few hours later,” said Sisodia.

Meanwhile, LNJP Hospital authorities said Ravin had died of “multi-organ failure of kidney and lungs”.

At 9 pm Wednesday, Ravin’s body reached Bisara, where angry villagers refused to cremate the body. “We are arranging for a deep freezer to keep the body… We want a CBI inquiry into the case. The jail officers who were behind his death should be charged with murder, suspended and arrested. The family should be given a compensation of Rs 1 crore and his wife should be given a government job. His widow should also be given a flat like Akhlaq’s brother, Jaan Mohammad, was given,” said Om Mahesh, a relative of Ravin and father of another accused, Vinay.

District officials said an inquiry was underway. “A judicial inquiry into the case is being conducted… we will take action on the basis of the facts which come to the fore in the inquiry,” said G B Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh, who also met Sisodia Wednesday morning.

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    Amar Akbar
    Oct 6, 2016 at 12:27 am
    Did you read his news? Why are we paying mullah in a secular country? Why are we paying Muslim mullah who creates jihadi in a country that was divided by Muslims, they got stan and rest of the country is India?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on Monday launched the honorarium schemes for Imams (who lead the prayers at mosques) and Mauzzans (who give call to prayer) at Haj;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The scheme was announced in July last year by the State government where the government was to pay Rs. 1,000 every month to them. The government has set a target of 10,000;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A total of 8,901 Imams and Mauzzans from across the State had applied. All of them will be paid Rs. 9,000 this month. “We are paying them the arrears from July 2015 to April this year and now onwards every month Rs. 1,000 will be remitted in the bank accounts of all beneficiaries. We are determined to work for the welfare of the minorities,” Mr. Mahmood Ali;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Around 20 Imams and Mauzzans were handed over the cheques. . “Everything was planned and there will be a clarity in all the transactions,” said S Omer Jaleel, Special Secretary, the Minorities Welfare;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On suggestions made by a few MLCs, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the honorarium would be increased in future. “A budget of Rs. 12 crore was allocated for the scheme. We have just launched it and certainly taking into account the rising cost of living for increasing the honorarium,” he;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The government will also provide budget to construct an auditorium at the Jamia Nizamia, a religious seminary in old city. “We had already provided Rs. 9 crore, but the cost works out to be around Rs. 14 crore. But, we will hike the budget and ensure that the seminary is developed,” Mr. Mahmood Ali said He added that the government would ensure development of Madarsas across the State
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    Amar Akbar
    Oct 6, 2016 at 12:30 am
    Friends some thoughts. This is very important. If India is a secular state and being secular means separation of state from religion. Temple collections go to state government coffers unlike mosque collections, which go to the Wakf Board or are part of the mosque funds. This is totally unacceptable. In a recent article led “Nationalization of Hindu Temples” Sandhya Jain wrote. “ In 2002, Karnataka received Rs. 72 crores as revenue, returned Rs. 10 crores for temple maintenance, and granted Rs. 50 crores for madrasas and Rs. 10 crores for churches’. (Daily Pioneer, October 7,2003)
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    Oct 6, 2016 at 5:02 am
    It is not matter of Hindu and Muslim. .ravin was Hindu extremists. .link with Hindu extremists wings. .it not need any compensation. ..he was criminal.
  4. A
    Oct 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm
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    Oct 6, 2016 at 2:51 am
    IE donot be madanddonot run your muslim parast ideology to such an extent that you stand exposed as a communal news paper pandering to islam.Withold it also.
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    Kameng Dorjee
    Oct 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Beef Trader's Lobby and Muslims murdered him!
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    Oct 6, 2016 at 3:48 am
    Any Award wapsi now
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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Oct 6, 2016 at 3:29 am
    Election in Uttar Pradesh is Simmering slowly.
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