New Delhi: The UP government has imposed section 144 in the region and refused to grant permission for the purification ritual which was to be held today in Bishada using cow urine and Gangajal to ‘atone’ cow slaughter.
Earlier, religious groups in Bishada, where Mohammad Akhlaq was brutally lynched, have announced that a purification (Shuddhikaran) ritual will be performed to purify the Dadri village.
50-year-old Ikhlaq, resident of Bishada, was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish critically injured by a 200-strong mob which barged into their house following rumours that the family had consumed beef. The reports of meat samples obtained from Akhlaq’s home later revealed that his family was consuming only mutton.
Akhlaq's son Danish who survived the mob attack said he and his family do not feel secure about returning to their village.
"We were beaten that day for no fault of ours. We were attacked without any reason. If you stay in a village where very few of your own community live, and then you are beaten without any reason, can you go back? I don't ever want to go back," Danish Akhlaq told NDTV.
"Those who beat us, they were all friends. I knew 60-70 per cent of the attackers. We had shut our gate but it was not bolted. Then we heard the mob pushing hard at our door, which gave way. I recognized those who held me, I recognized those who killed my father," said Danish.
The family members of Dadri lynching victim Mohd Ikhlaq, whose killing generated considerable political heat in the country, had told Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday that they do not want any further probe in the matter while expressing satisfaction over the action taken in the case.
According to the UP government spokesperson, the family members of the victim said they were satisfied with the action taken in the case so far and with the Rs 45 lakh compensation extended to them.