Local BJP worker Sanjay Rana, whose son has been arrested as a prime accused in the lynching of 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri’s Bisara village, demanded a CBI inquiry into the case and said the local police have “framed his son”.
“While the investigation in Akhlaq’s murder case should be carried out and the guilty should be punished, my son was not even present at the spot. When the incident happened, he was 50 km away at his brother-in-law’s house. How can he be a part of the mob,” said Rana.
However, Rana also said that a case should be registered against Akhlaq’s family for cow slaughter. “While killing a man is a crime and the culprits should receive the strictest punishment, killing a cow is also a crime and cow killers should be similarly punished,” he added.
He also accused the state administration for conducting a one-sided investigation. “I have been working for the BJP for two decades and it seems my links to the party is my biggest fault. This is an attempt by the state government to malign the party’s image,” he added.
Rana said that after the incident, police came to him with a list of names — most of them were children of his relatives. “Police requested me to bring them out of their homes so that they could conduct an identification parade before the temple priest. Police said they will be let off later. However, they took them away to jail. Police tricked us,” said Rana.
Recounting the incident, he said, “I heard the announcement from the temple, asking people to gather near a big transformer where the carcass of the cow had been found. This was around 10.20 pm. At 10.26, I made a PCR call. Two minutes later, I got a call from SO Jharcha. I asked him to bring in a police force as many people had gathered and it looked like the situation could spiral out of control,” said Rana.
Rana added that when he reached the spot, Akhlaq was already beaten by the mob.
Rana said he was among those who helped place Akhlaq in the police vehicle, so that he could be taken to hospital. “I even gave them Rs 15,000 for treatment,” claimed Rana.
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