Nine months after the Dadri lynching, the situation in Bishada village became tense again today as locals held a protest meeting ignoring prohibitory orders demanding that an FIR be registered against the victim’s family for alleged cow slaughter.
The demand was sparked after a forensic report stated that the meat found at the scene of the attack on Mohammad Akhlaq on the night of September 28 following rumours that his family stored and ate beef at their house was that of “cow or its progeny”. A clarity was, however, yet to emerge from where exactly the meat was recovered.
The villagers had originally planned to have a maha panchayat to push for registration of the FIR against Akhlaq’s family. The protest meeting was also attended by some local level Shiv Sena members, according to the organisers.
District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar NP Singh has clamped Section 144 CrPC and issued prohibitory orders banning gathering of five or more persons in the district after Bishada villagers in Dadri announced panchayat for today and additional security personnel deployed in the village, officials said.
”Situation is under control,” District Magistrtae NP Singh said, adding he has appealed to the residents not to resort to violence.
Political leaders should not politicise the matter since it is subjudice. “Let the case proceed in court. They can put their views or evidence before the court. Nobody will be allowed to disturb law and order.”
Sanjay Rana, father of accused Vishal Rana, had threatened that a maha panchayat will be held in the village as police have failed to register an FIR against Akhlaq’s family.
“A complaint was filed with police after the forensic report said the meat in the freezer at Akhlaq’s house was beef. No FIR has been filed yet in this regard,” he said. The report submitted to the fast=track court was prepared by a Mathura-based Forensic lab and it surfaced last week.
The veterinary officer in his preliminary report that was cited by the police earlier had said that the meat sample was not beef, but meat of “goat progeny”.