Dadri lynching accused released on bail, celebrations in village on his arrival

DADRI: One of the accused in the Dadri lynching case was today released from jail after getting bail from the Allahabad High Court.

Accused Punit was released this evening. Villagers celebrated his release as he reached his village.

Punit and another accused Arun were granted bail by the High Court on April 6. Both were lodged in a jail in Greater Noida.

Arun’s bail documents are expected to reach the district in next two days and till then he will remain in jail.

The two are accused in the murder of Mohammed Akhlaq in Bisada village in Dadri tehsil of Gautam Buddh Nagar district in September, 2015.

Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of cow slaughter after they barged into his house. His son Danish was critically injured in the attack.

A case was registered against more than a dozen persons, including the son of a local BJP leader, in connection with the attack.

Last year, Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma’s visit to pay tribute to another murder accused in Dadri lynching case has stoked new controversy.

The photo of Sharma folding his hands and paying obeisance to the dead body of Ravi, who had died in police custody of chikungunya, had gone viral on social media platforms.

Sharma, who is the local MP, also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the family of Ravi Sisodia, a key accused in the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in September last year.

The controversy started after the minister tweeted a picture of his visit, along with the message: “Now Bisada [the village where the lynching took place and from where the victim and the accused hailed] will be settled.”

(With PTI inputs)