NDTV Ground Zero Report: Five Days Later, Same Questions Still Haunt Dadri

Though the police has arrested seven people and are looking for three more, it is still not clear who or what could have triggered the violence in Dadri.

Dadri, Uttar Pradesh: Small, diminutive in behaviour and taciturn in nature, 60- year-old Bilal looked lost as he slowly made his way to the local mosque for the customary Friday prayers this afternoon in Basera village of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Five days ago a mob over 100 ransacked their house, killed his brother, Mohammed Akhlaq, and left his nephew, Danish seriously injured, allegedly over rumours that he had eaten beef.

"I still cannot figure out what triggered it all. Sometimes I feel like leaving this village, we have lived here for years, but never ever has such thing happened'', said Bilal

Though the police has arrested seven people and are looking for three more, it is still not clear who or what could have triggered the violence.

"Our cyber security wing is looking at messages that were passed to incite the mob," said DN Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Cow slaughter has been banned in several states including UP for long, but the issue has come to the forefront after the BJP led National Democratic Alliance government came to power last year at the Centre.

In the long, winding and narrow lanes flanked by big and small houses inhabited both communities there are no yet no answers as to who and what triggered the attack. But a rapidly changing political landscape could hold some clues.

Members affiliated with Hindu organisations have started new outfits, which recruit youngsters through word of mouth.

Satpal Bajrangi, of the Bajrang Dal who runs an outfit for welfare of stray cattle, Gau Rakshak Dal says, "There must be something, else why was only one Muslim house hold attacked, there are several Muslim families staying here."

At the nearby Birpura village, the NDTV team met Govind Chowdhury of the Samadhan Sena formed last year. Mr Chowdhury, who openly flaunts his links to the RSS and BJP, was booked for disturbing peace earlier and other alleged allied offences, says that he is only organising the youth. He claims cases against him are false.

Another leader, Lokesh Rana of the Rashtriyawadi Pratap Sena at Ucha village said, "We are a political outfit, and because of that allegations will be made against us," referring to the mob attack.

None of these new fringe groups have been linked to attack yet, but their growing popularity does raise questions whether there is any link between them and the sharp rise of intolerance in the area.