New Delhi: After visiting the Bisara village in Dadri, where Mohammed Akhlaq was killed last year by a mob that accused him of killing a cow and eating beef, union minister Mahesh Sharma tweeted "Met the family of deceased Ravi in Bisara village, Greater Noida. Bisara get settled now."
Mr Sharma on Friday met the family of 22-year-old Ravi Sisodia, one of the 18 people arrested last year on charges of murdering Mr Akhlaq in a village that is located just 50 km from Delhi and till then had been free of communal tension.
Mr Sisodia died in hospital on Tuesday after being moved there from jail. His family rejects that he was unwell, says he was killed after being beaten in prison, and had refused to cremate him.
His body was displayed with the support of other residents in a casket covered with the national flag.
After Mr Sharma's visit yesterday, Mr Sisodia's family said the local administration has accepted their demands, including paying them Rs 25 lakh as compensation and ordering a CBI inquiry to determine how he died.
Mr Sharma, who represents the area in parliament, said, "There is administrative carelessness in this case. We have also demanded for CBI probe. We have helped them... I am here on behalf of central government."
Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan reacted, "These are acche din for the accused in jail. I think that is the message that the government is trying to send out."
Opposition parties have accused the BJP of inciting communal tension with the intent of benefitting among Hindu voters in the approaching Uttar Pradesh election.
Right-wing leaders including Sadhvi Prachi of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad visited the village on Thursday and made speeches attacking the Samajwadi Party government in UP.
The villagers have demanded the arrest of Mr Akhlaq's brother, Jaan Mohammad, who has been named along with other members of his family in a case of alleged cow slaughter that was filed after a lab report said a sample of the meat taken from near their house was established as beef.