Won’t Leave, Five Generations Have Stayed Here: Akhlaq’s Brother
“We want to live like before,” Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s eldest brother said. He said that the family has no plan to permanently shift out of Bisahara village although it may move out for “two-four months” if required.
Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh also said that the family will continue to be in Bisahara where it is getting round the clock police protection.
As you can see, our family members have not shifted anywhere and do not intend to do so either. We are very much in Bisahara.
— Jamil, Akhlaq’s eldest brother
Jamil said that they will never leave Bisahara permanently where 5 generations of his family have stayed. “If needed, we may go somewhere for 2-4 months but who knows of the future,” he said.
On report that Akhlaq’s son Sartaj had moved with family to Delhi, Jamil said, “Sartaj is saying certain things out of concern but he does not plan on actually moving”.
The DM said that the family has not shared any plans with him regarding moving out immediately, although “Sartaj is concerned about their safety”.
Akhlaq was lynched to death in Bisahara on September 28 over rumours of eating beef, triggering nation-wide outrage.
Akhlaq’s younger son Danish, 22, was critically wounded in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a Noida hospital.
Jamil, visibly irritated over constant media scrutiny, said that more than anything else, bringing the culprits to justice was of paramount importance.
“We are tired of saying the same thing over and over again, but media still runs unverified news. For us getting justice is the only objective and only administration and court can ensure that,” Jamil said.
He said members of the family, specially Akhlaq’s daughter and mother were finding it difficult to lead a normal life after the incident.
“Akhlaq’s mother is not in a condition to speak any more. What can a person say when her son was beaten to death before her eyes,” he said.