Lucknow: The administration and police in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh has been put in a state of high alert as a 'panchayat' has been called on Monday afternoon in Bisahada village, an official said.
This is the village where a Muslim named Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched on 28 September last year on the charge that he and his family consumed cow's meat.
A government forensic lab in Mathura said in its report released last week that the meat in question was of "cow or its progeny".
The report has revived the controversy over the legal and moral issues surrounding the lynching.
An official, however, informed IANS that the accused would be produced before a fast-track court on Monday where charges would be fixed on them. A juvenile has already been granted bail by the high court.
The jawans of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary have been patrolling the village since Sunday evening.
Security has been increased following announcement by some Hindu frontal organisations — Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtrawadi Pratap Sena, Goraksha Dal and Hindu Yuva Vahini — that they will participate in the panchayat, said officials.
Residents of Bishada village, including the kin of the accused in the September 2015 Akhlaq lynching case, on Sunday, met the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP to press their demand for registration of an FIR against Akhlaq's family after a forensic report stated that the meat found in his house was that of "cow or its progeny".
A DNA report stated that SSP Dharmendra Yadav has said that a case will be filed against Akhlaq's family only if charges of beef possession are found true.
The report also said that VHP leader Surindera Jain visited the village on Sunday and claimed that that the accused have falsely been implicated.
Sanjay Rana, father of accused Vishal Rana, had threatened that a mahapanchayat will be held in the village as police have failed to register an FIR against Akhlaq's family.
BJP leader Vinay Katiyar supported the demand for registration of FIR against Akhlaq's family members and demanded that the compensation given to them be withdrawn.
"The question is that cow slaughter had taken place. The report has come and now FIR should be lodged against those involved in cow slaughter. Those who have been locked up in jail should be released. The compensation should be withdrawn. Government should take back the three houses given to them," the BJP leader said.
The Congress, meanwhile, criticised the statements of BJP leaders, saying it will vitiate the atmosphere.
"Calling for mahapanchayat and the statements being made after the forensic report came are not proper. Whether it is the Centre or the state government, it should be stopped," PL Punia said.
With inputs from IANS and PTI
Published Date: Jun 06, 2016 01:59 pm | Updated Date: Jun 06, 2016 04:05 pm