Dadri lynching: Allahabad High Court stays arrest of Mohammad Akhlaq's family
In July, a Noida court had asked the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a case against them after a petition was filed by villagers.
The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of the family members of Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq, reported News18. The family had moved the high court after a Noida court had asked the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a case against them in July, following a petition filed by villagers who claimed they had seen Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad slitting a calf’s throat.
Akhlaq was beaten to death in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, in September 2015 following rumours that he and his family had killed a calf and eaten beef during Eid festivities. A forensic report in May said that the meat found in the victim’s house was that of a cow or its progeny. Uttar Pradesh police chief Javed Ahmed had said the new report “does not diminish the case as murder is an offence”. Beef eating is not a crime in Uttar Pradesh, only cow slaughter is.