New Delhi: Bishada in Uttar Pradesh is on the boil once again as villagers today refused to cremate the body of 22-year-old Ravi, accused in the Dadri lynching case.
Ravi alias Robin died at Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital in Delhi of kidney and respiratory failure.
Villagers draped his coffin in a tricolour, saying he had been martyred protecting “Hindu values”.
Seeing the body draped in a tricolour, many people took to Twitter to condemn the action of the villagers.
Since when did we become a nation that wraps the cadaver of a man accused for murder with the national flag? #Dadri
— Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) October 6, 2016
Dear nation(alists) , Akhlaq's son serves the Indian air force. Now is this how we respect our men in uniform ? Tricolour for accused ?
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) October 6, 2016
Dadri accused wrapped in tricolour & surgical strikes unleashed fresh nationalism demons. As @pbmehta said genie is out of the bottle & how.
— Kanika Gahlaut (@kanikagahlaut) October 6, 2016
its a violation of the flag code, which lists draping the nat flag at a private funeral as disrespect to the flag
— anjali mody (@AnjaliMody1) October 6, 2016
Tensions rose as the body reached the village, as villagers outrightly rejected Ravi’s death report claiming he was murdered.
Heavy police force was also deployed in the area.
“Villagers demanded Rs 1 crore for deceased’s family, arrest of Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad in a cow slaughter case and an FIR against the jailer. Villagers told administration that they will not cremate the body till their demands are met,” said Sanjay Rana, BJP leader and father of one of the accused.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the deceased Ravi’s wife Pooja.
Uttar Pradesh Police claimed that Ravi was suffering from high fever and his death was suspected to be due to dengue.
With inputs from PTI