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Dadri lynching: Students, job aspirants among 6 held so far

The families of Saurav (20), Gaurav (22) - the brothers - and Sandeep (20) alleged the administration had “picked up innocent by-standers, while the guilty were roaming scot-free.”

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Bisara |
Updated: October 1, 2015 8:25:49 am
Dadri man beaten to death, Dadri beef ban death, beef ban, man beaten to death, beef ban death, Mohammad Akhlaq, Dadri, Bisara beef ban death, beef, lucknow news, dadri news, indian express Saurav and Gaurav’s mother (left) and Sandeep’s mother say their sons are innocent. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

A day after the police arrested six residents of Bisara village in connection with the death of Mohammad Akhlaq, the families of the accused denied the charges even as local BJP leaders said the police should “release the innocent”. Among the six are two brothers and a father-son duo.

“A case of rioting and murder has been registered. An FIR against 10 people has been registered and six of them have been arrested. Those arrested are Rupendra Sisodia, Vivek Sisodia, Sri Om, Sandeep Rana, Saurav Sisodia and Gaurav Sisodia. They are residents of the village. The investigation is under way and search teams are conducting raids in nearby areas to find the other four,” said Kiran S, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

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The families of Saurav (20), Gaurav (22) – the brothers – and Sandeep (20) alleged the administration had “picked up innocent by-standers, while the guilty were roaming scot-free.” These families live in a lane in front of Akhlaq’s house.

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According to Saurav and Gaurav’s sister Garima Raghav, her family has known Akhlaq and his family for years. “Their eldest daughter is my friend. I cannot believe they have accused my brothers of being part of the mob and killing him. Every time I visit my family here, I make sure I go to Mumtaz’s (Akhlaq’s eldest daughter) parents’ house. We have grown up together.”

While Saurav is a final year undergraduate student and works part-time at a mobile phone showroom in Noida, Gaurav has finished college and recently got a call centre job offer, said Garima.

At Sandeep’s (20) house – barely 10 metres away from Saurav and Gaurav’s – his mother asks, “My son was unwell and was resting when the incident took place. On what basis did they pick up my son?”

Shri Om and his son Vivek were picked up by the police from their house located close to the temple from where the announcement about alleged cow slaughter was made Monday night. While Vivek is a student, his father works as an electrician at NTPC, Dadri.

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Rupendra’s (24) mother claimed police arrested him when he tried to stop them from arresting his elder brother.

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First published on: 01-10-2015 at 01:50:00 am
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