Two youngsters, alleged to be the main accused in the lynching of a man over suspected beef consumption in Bishara in Dadri, were arrested on Saturday, as uneasy calm continued to prevail in the village where the situation was claimed to be under control.
The 18-year-olds identified as Shivam and Vishal were arrested from their hideout in a locality close to Bishada, the scene of Monday night killing of Mohammed Aqlakh, taking the total number of arrests to eight, police said.
Aqlakh was dragged out of his home and stoned to death on a village street after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat. While Aqlakh died, his son, Danish, is battling for life at a hospital following two brain surgeries.
Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday visited the bereaved family.
The Dadri lynching
- » In Dadri's Bishara village on September 28, a 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his son Danish (22) was brutally beaten up as punishment for allegedly eating beef on Eid and 'storing it' for later consumption.
- » A riot-like situation gripped the sleepy village, a little over 40 km from the bustling sub-city of Noida, near Delhi, on September 29, when their relatives were barred from participating in the funeral procession.
- » It was mutton, said the slain man's mother Asgari Begum.
- » The Uttar Pradesh government on September 30 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and also announced a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for the family of the victim.
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Dadri temple priest detained; Centre seeks report from U.P.
The Centre has also sent an advisory to the State to keep a check on incidents of communal violence.
UP launches probe into killing over beef
As the rumour spread, villagers blocked a highway in Bisrakh area on September 29, demanding death penalty for those involved in the slaughter.
Union Minister Mahesh Sharma terms Dadri killing as 'accident'
He said that no "communal colour" should be given to it, even as the family of the victim is planning to move out of the village fearing that it may happen again.
AAP sought removal of Mahesh Sharma, Kejriwal was stopped from entering Dadri village on October 03
The party demanded removal of Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma for his remarks.