Delhi High Court Friday convicted 20 people and upheld the conviction of 13 others — all from the Jat community of the village — for atrocities committed against Dalits that morning more than eight years ago.
One said Vajpayee brought communities together, another said he stood for an ideology he admired, a third said he didn’t know the man at all, he was merely focusing on his job — sprucing up the memorial where thousands will stand Friday.
Dream homes for Rs 20 lakh, a 10-minute drive to Delhi, and amenities to rival posh high-rises — Shahberi promised it all. The reality, though,
is a quagmire of hurriedly finished buildings with patchy roads and a dysfunctional sewage system, in a village that defies jurisdiction.
“We have not used any heavy machinery in this case, unlike Shahberi, as early on in the operation, two live rescues had happened. So far, we have rescued eight people. One person is dead, and a six-year-old boy is missing,” said Srivastava.
In the aftermath of the collapse, four of the 24 people named in the FIR were arrested. Police said those arrested include Ganga Shankar, one of the four owners of the plot of land where the illegal five- and six-storey buildings had come up.
Since February this year, at least six complaints about “illegal and unauthorised construction” in Shahberi were submitted before district officials, state government departments and Chief Minister's Office.
In a letter to Meerut I-G Ram Kumar, Yasin wrote, “Now (that) I have taken Samiuddin out of the Hapur for treatment, I have the courage to put the truth in front of you so that you can initiate an unbiased inquiry into the deadly mob (attack).”
Unlike other parts of the country which have witnessed lynchings following child abduction rumours, no such case has been reported from Uttar Pradesh. However, spread of hate speech through social media platforms has been witnessed.
The minute-long video surfaced on social media Saturday and contradicts the Hapur Police stand that the lynching was not connected to cows or cattle. So far, police have insisted that the lynching was the fallout of a road rage incident.
In a statement, the UP STF said that an informer had told them that the two accused “were in Meerut to carry out a big crime incident and they were waiting in a derelict building with their associates near Padam Cold Storage on Meerut-Karnal Road”.