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Court to Hear Plea for FIR Against Dadri Victim Akhlaq’s Family

The plea was filed by relatives of those accused in the Dadri lynching case. 

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Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn his passing after he was killed by a mob on 28 September 2015 in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: Reuters)

A petition seeking registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family was filed in the Surajpur court on Thursday, and the matter has been listed for hearing on 13 June, according to The Indian Express.

The petition, filed by Bisara resident Surajpal, urges the court to direct the police to register an FIR against Akhlaq’s family members on charges of cow slaughter and animal cruelty.

A new development occurred, according to an NDTV report, when the petition cited the name of an eye-witness who allegedly saw Akhlaq slaughter a calf. It claimed that a villager, Prem Singh, saw Akhlaq slitting the throat of the calf as he passed by his house.

Inside Mohammad Akhlaq’s house in Bisahara, Dadri. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Inside Mohammad Akhlaq’s house in Bisahara, Dadri. (Photo: The Quint)
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The development comes nine days after a Mathura forensic lab said the meat found in Akhlaq’s fridge ‘belongs to a cow or it’s progeny’.

According to the petition, a stray calf (bull) from Bisara village had gone missing and was allegedly slaughtered by Akhlaq, his brother, and other family members.

The petitioner said a group of residents had seen Akhlaq throw some meat in a polythene bag near the Bada transformer in the village.

The petitioner said, on the night of 28 September, Akhlaq was stopped near the transformer by some residents, while others reached his house and found a vessel with remains of some animal and meat. Following this, the mob got out of control and beat up Akhlaq and his son. Akhlaq was beaten to death.

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