A Surajpur court on Thursday ordered to file an FIR against the family of Mohammad Akhlaq for alleged cow slaughter.
“Judicial Magistrate Vijay Kumar acting on application moved under 156(3) CrPC for registration of a case, has ordered investigation and lodging of an FIR of cow slaughter against Akhlaq’s family,” said D S R Tripathi, Senior Prosecution Officer, according to PTI.
In September 2015, fifty year old Akhlaq was lynched by an infuriated mob based on a suspicion that his family stored and consumed beef at their house in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh.
A few people from Bishada villagers moved the court in June seeking filing of an FIR for alleged cow slaughter against family members of Mohammad Akhlaq.
A forensic lab is reported to have said that the meat found in Akhlaq’s home was beef.
“On October 8, 2015, we had sent the copy of the complaint to SSP, DIG and other senior officials requesting that an FIR be lodged for cow slaughter against Akhlaq’s family. Then we had moved an application before the judicial magistrate’s court under CrPC 156(3) for issuing directions to police to lodge the FIR,” said advocate B R Sharma.
Sanjay Rana, the father of one of the accused, said, “The court has rightly ordered lodging of the FIR. The UP government was taking one-sided action. Now the court order has provided justice to other side too,” PTI reported.