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Dadri Lynching: UP Homeguard spread beef rumour to instigate attack on father and son, says police

05, Oct 2015

Police say he had dispute with victim, forced priest to make announcement on cow slaughter.
Written by Aditi Vatsa , Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: October 4, 2015 2:36 am
Police have detained an Uttar Pradesh Homeguards constable who, they say, is a key conspirator behind the mob attack in Bisara village, Dadri, on Monday in which Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was beaten to death and his son, Danish, 22, seriously injured.
The Homeguard who has been detained has been identified as Vinay, a resident of Bisara who was posted at the Jarcha police station. According to the police, Vinay, said to be in his late twenties, forced the temple priest to make the announcement about a Muslim family storing and consuming beef.
Meanwhile, the Dadri police on Saturday arrested two more suspects, Vishal Rana and Shivam Rana, taking the total number of arrests to eight. The two men, who are cousins, allegedly claimed to have seen the remains of a slaughtered cow and informed Vinay. They are reported to have accompanied Vinay to the temple. The duo had fled Bisara after the incident, and were found hiding in a village nearby. Police sources identified Vishal’s father, Sanjay Rana, as a local BJP leader.

 

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