NOIDA:Father of an Indian Air Force corporal was killed by a rampaging mob, while his son was critically injured, after the mob suspected that they had committed cow slaughter at Bisara village in Greater Noida, adjacent to the national capital.
The deceased was identified as 45-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and his son Mohammad Danish suffered critical injuries. Akhlaq is survived by his daughter, two sons and wife.
After enormous public outrage over the incident, the UP government announced an ex-gratia of `10 lakh for the victim’s family and free treatment for 23-year-old Danish. The police have arrested some of the accused persons. “Six people have been arrested so far. We have deployed adequate police force, including Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), in the village and nearby areas to avert any further incident,” said Kiran S, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
The deceased person’s another son is IAF corporal Mohammad Sartaz, posted in Chennai.
“It’s believed that Akhlaq slaughtered a cow in his house on the occasion of Bakrid and stored it for consumption. Whether they ate the beef or not does not matter, what matters is how can a crowd impart capital punishment to a person like this,” Sanjay Yadav, SP, Rural Greater Noida told Express. “Danish is still critical after he along with his father was mercilessly beaten by the mob. He is on ventilator,” said Yadav.