Family members of Mohammad Akhlaq Tuesday met the newly-appointed Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police and voiced concerns over allegations of cow slaughter made against them in a complaint filed by some Bisara residents. Akhlaq, 50, was lynched allegedly by residents after rumours spread in the area about the family storing and consuming beef.
Dharmendra Singh, Gautam Budh Nagar SSP, said, “This was a customary meeting. They raised some concerns about their security and we are looking into it. The complaint given to police by Bisara residents also came up during our discussion. We have assured them that fair action will be taken.”
Meanwhile, Akhlaq’s brother and son said they had faith in the administration and the justice system.
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However, Akhlaq’s brother Jan Mohammad claimed that small meetings, similar to the one held on Monday in the local temple in Bisara, are being held in Dadri. “I am aware of this because I live in the vicinity. As far as the complaint is concerned, I request the authorities to check my call detail records and location on the day of the incident when the complainant had alleged I was in Bisara. Police can conduct a detailed inquiry into the case and collect all evidence so that the real culprits are exposed,” he said.
In a meeting held Monday, the families of the accused along with other residents gave a 20-day ultimatum to the administration to register an FIR against Akhlaq’s family on charges of cow slaughter. The development came six days after a report from a forensic lab in Mathura said the meat sent for testing “belonged to a cow or its progeny”.
Following the report, a section of politicians demanded an investigation by the CBI into the alleged cow slaughter by Akhlaq. Responding to a query on such statements, Mohammad Sartaj, Akhlaq’s elder son, said, “I do not know politics and I have nothing to do with it. All I know is that we are with the truth; it always prevails. In the house of God, there might be a delay in getting justice but it will be served.”