Police Haven’t Recorded Our Statement: Akhlaq’s Brother
Dadri: Fourteen months after Uttar Pradesh police booked the f a mi l y o f deceased Mohammad Akhlaq on charges of cow slaughter after court orders, they have not spoken to, or questioned any of the family members, Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad has alleged.
The case is virtually in cold storage with cops undecided on filing a final report in the matter, senior UP Police officials who have supervised this probe told ET, on the condition of anonymity.
“No official has come to take my statement, or that of our family members, who were named in this false case. Police knows it is a fake complaint by people associated with families of the accused. We respect the cow which is considered sacred by the Hindu community -- we will never slaughter one,” Mohammad told ET in Dadri. He alleged that it is the accused who were involved in “planting” the cow meat for over two hours after the lynching of Akhlaq. “Police reached the spot at 10:30 pm that night in 2015 and rushed Akhlaq to hospital. They returned to the village around 1 am to pick up the meat lying near a transformer over 200 metres away from our house. It was planted by the accused to justify their provoca- tion t o murder Akhlaq, ” Mohammad explained. “Everyone knows there was no cow slaughter. Akhlaq was lynched based on a rumour as per a plan. In keeping with that plan, the meat was later planted near the transformer,” he said. The charge-sheet in the case has cited a seizure memo to confirm that the meat was seized from a public place, and not from Akhlaq’s house or fridge. UP police had refused to lodge a cow slaughter FIR against Akhlaq’s family for cow slaughter. The accused later asked the court to make public the report of the Mathura forensic lab which confirmed the meat to be that of a cow or its progeny, leading to an FIR in June last year.
A senior UP Police official conceded to ET that police had indeed planned to file a closure report in the matter last year, saying the seized meat could not be linked to Akhlaq’s family and that there was no proof that a cow was actually slaughtered. “But last October, when one of the accused Ravi Sosodhia passed away in jail and there was a huge scene over his cremation in Bishada village, villagers were adamant that arrests are made of Akhlaq’s family for the cow slaughter case. A re-look was then done into the facts of the latter matter. There is no conclusion yet,” a senior UP police official admitted.