Mohammad Akhlaq Murder Suspect's Family Refuses To Cremate Him, Body Kept Under Flag: 10 Updates

Mohammad Akhlaq Murder Suspect's Family Refuses To Cremate Him, Body Kept Under Flag: 10 Updates

Ravi Sisodia was arrested last year for the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri.

Bisara (Uttar Pradesh): Dadri in Uttar Pradesh is tense again as the family of a 22-year-old murder accused refuses to cremate his body till they are given one crore in compensation and action is taken against the jailer at the prison where he was lodged. Ravi Sisodia's family alleges he was murdered.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:

  1. Angry residents of Ravi's Bisara village have kept his body in a deep-freeze casket under the Indian flag. There is massive police deployment and prohibitory orders have been enforced banning large gatherings.

  2. Ravi was one of 18 people arrested last year for the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, over suspicion that he had stored and eaten beef. The mob murder had led to weeks of communal tension in the area, not far from capital Delhi.

  3. 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.

  4. Ravi's family wants a CBI investigation into his death. It has rejected the two probes ordered by the UP government and its offer of Rs 10 lakh to Ravi's wife.

  5. The villagers have also demanded the arrest of Mohammad Akhlaq's brother, Jaan Mohammad, who has been named along with other members of his family in a case of alleged cow slaughter.

  6. Ravi was lodged at a jail in UP's Greater Noida for nearly a year. On Tuesday, he complained of acute pain in his stomach and was taken to a hospital in Delhi, where he died from "kidney and respiratory failure," doctors said.

  7. The young man's body was brought to his village last night after a post mortem, which will establish cause of death. The police have not made the post mortem report public yet.

  8. Ravi's family has alleged that "he was kept in a separate cell by jail authorities and mercilessly beaten up by some police officials inside jail on September 30". They also said they suspect he was poisoned.

  9. The UP Police deny those allegations. They have claimed that Ravi had high fever and died from suspected dengue. In an apparent attempt to pacify villagers, the jailer S K Pandey has been transferred to Lucknow.

  10. Of the 18 people arrested last year for Mohammad Akhlaq's murder, three minors were given bail. Those in prison include a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana's son, Vishal.