According to police, after a Muslim man was lynched in front of his home over rumours of eating and keeping a beef in his house and even severely injuring his son who is now battling for his life in the Hospital that has sparked controversies in the country, some of the main accused was arrested by the police in which at least five of them has confessed to their crime with their testimonies recorded on video, senior police officials told on Monday.
These 5 are among 11 people police have named as accused in the lynching of Bisada village resident Mohammad Ikhlaq by a 200-strong mob, ahead of this month’s panchayat polls an episode that has raised fears of sectarian trouble in UP.
“We are corroborating their statements. The investigation is on,” said Kiran Sivakumar, the SSP of the Gautam Budh Nagar district where the village lies.
“We are waiting to record the statement of Ikhlaq’s son who is a very important witness. He is still recovering in hospital.”
These accused were also identified by deceased man wife.
Sources of police have told media that the accused said in their statement that “they were incensed when they heard about the cow slaughter”.
These accused then gathered people from the village and rushed to his house brandishing “bricks and rods”, the sources said.
Two of the accused arrested by the police have said they saw dogs nibbling on some meat near a drain and thought it was cow meat. However, police, said they found no signs of cow slaughter in Bisada village. “We did not find any bone or flesh.
There was no trace of any slaughter,” an official said and then added, “The accused forcibly opened the refrigerator at Ikhlaq’s home, took out some meat lying there and then showed it to the mob.”