Police Wednesday detained a minor in connection with the alleged lynching of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri area of Gautam Budh Nagar in September last year. The minor was picked up from Bisara village where the alleged lynching had taken place.
“A juvenile was detained from Bisara village in Dadri Wednesday morning. He is under judicial custody now. Till now, 18 accused have been arrested while one is still absconding. Raids are being conducted and the 19th accused will be arrested soon,” said Anurag Singh, Circle Officer, Dadri.
While 10 people were named in the initial FIR in the case, nine more were added following statements of key witnesses – the victim’s 22-year-old son Danish and his daughter Shaista. In December, the police had arrested seven other accused.
Meanwhile, a bail plea moved by one of the accused, Arun a veterinary doctor in the village, was rejected by a sessions court after the prosecution argued that serious offences including charges of murder are made out against him.
On the night of September 28, a mob had assembled outside Akhlaq’s house in Bisara following rumours that he was storing and consuming beef. At that time, Akhlaq and Danish were in a room on the first floor while Akhlaq’s wife, mother and younger daughter were downstairs. Akhlaq was dragged out of the house and beaten up. They were rushed to a hospital where Akhlaq succumbed to injuries. Danish was kept on ventilator support and he underwent two brain surgeries. He was later shifted to the army hospital in Delhi and the family moved to a flat in Delhi Cantonment Area.