Dadri: 2 arrested for rumour-mongering
“While one person was arrested form Jewar, another was arrested from Surajpur area,” said DM NP Singh. He claimed that the cyber cell is keeping a close watch on those spreading rumours and warned that those disturbing communal harmony will face arrest. The DM and the SSP, meanwhile, held peace meetings in Dadri on a second consecutive day in which the members from both the communities were present.
Police said that a total of 10 persons have been arrested in connection with the killing of a man, injuring his son, thrashing women and arson. Police also informed that they are desperately trying to identify the main accused and to ensure their arrest. To get this done at the earliest possible hour, video footages of media channels are being scanned.
“We have been identifying the people involved in gathering the mob, instigating them to attack over the family and killing one of the members. We have been questioning villagers and are parading suspected elements before the victims’ family in order to ascertain who exactly was behind the whole incident,” said a senior police official.
On Saturday, the police arrested two youth, including a home-guard attached with the district police. Police said that the arrested youth are the key accused involved in mobilising people for attacking Iqlakh and his family and his killing also. Police had identified them as Vishal Rana and Shivam Kumar, aged around 20 years.
On the very first day, six persons were arrested from the village. “We have been investigating the matter. Apprehensions and arrests are being made after going through detailed probe,” said
Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Greater Noida.
In another development, the DM on Thursday termed the Dadri lynching incident as an “alarm bell”, even as he claimed that there is a “trend” of individual crimes being given communal colour in Western UP. “Dadri incident is just an alarm bell to wake up from, where we are heading to,” Singh said addressing a gathering of locals including heads of different religions assembled at Dadri Tehsil.
“There is a trend in Western UP wherein individual crimes are being given communal colour. In villages, people throw away animal carcasses, even village authorities don’t dispose them off properly and such things are meant to incite people,” he claimed.
Noting that communal fights resulted from attempts to exert religious superiority, he said that the Constitution of India was above any religious book as it was preventing the country from becoming Pakistan, Syria or Egypt.
“Fights due to religion begin between two communities when one tries to establish its religious superiority over the other. Gita and Quran have no fundamental difference and those who don’t know it are easily made to fight by miscreants,” he said.
Won’t leave village, want to stay like before: Iqlakh’s brother
“We want to live like before,” Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Iqlakh’s eldest brother said on Thursday, stressing that the family has no plan to permanently shift out of Bisara village although it may move out for “2-4 months” if required. Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh also said that the family will continue to be in Bisara where it is getting round-the-clock police protection. “As you can see, our family members have not shifted anywhere and do not intend to do so either. We are very much in Bisara,” Iqlakh’s brother Jamil said at his residence, which is adjoining Iqlakh’s home. Jamil said that they will never leave Bisara permanently where five generations of his family have stayed. “If needed, we may go somewhere for 2-4 months but who knows of the future,” he said.