Po­lice Haven’t Recorded Our State­ment: Akhlaq’s Brother

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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