A 26-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Dadri’s Bisara village on Tuesday morning. The incident comes barely a week after Mohammad Akhlaq, a resident of the village, was beaten to death by a mob over rumours of beef consumption.
The body of Jai Prakash was found by his wife Guddi at 11 am. “His body was cold and he was not responding. I have no idea how he died,” she said.
According to villagers, Prakash was “afraid” of the ongoing investigation into Akhlaq’s lynching, even though neither he nor any of his family members had been named in connection with the case.
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Hours before his death, Prakash had advised his brother Vijendra against venturing outside. “At 7 am, Prakash told me to avoid going outside as we could get picked up by the police for questioning. He told me that some people had informed him that the police was after them,” said Vijendra.
Rubbishing such talk, Anurag Singh, circle officer of Dadri, said, “These rumors are baseless. None of Prakash’s family members have been named in the case.”
The police have started inquest proceedings and a post-mortem has been conducted, said Superintendent of Police, Rural, Sanjay Yadav. “We suspect that this is a case of poisoning. We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” said Yadav.
Some of Prakash’s family members demanded compensation for his death, citing the “huge compensation” received by Akhlaq’s family. “He died as he was afraid of the police. We want compensation for his death. A death took place a week ago in the village and a huge compensation was given for that,” said Prakash’s aunt Savita.
Meanwhile, the UP police submitted a report to the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, seeking action against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, MP Mahesh Sharma and former BSP leader and former minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
All three leaders had been given permission by the administration to meet Akhlaq’s family members, in the wake of his shocking killing, but had allegedly defied orders and addressed public meetings as well.