The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration on Thursday agreed to an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the death of Dadri lynching accused Ravin Sisodia, who died in a Delhi hospital on October 4. Compensation of Rs 10 lakh will also be paid to Sisodia’s family, who refused to cremate his body and kept it wrapped in the Indian tricolour, reports said.
Sisodia's family had alleged foul play after he died of kidney and respiratory failure, and accused the jail authorities of assault. District magistrate NP Singh said, "We spoke to the family members, but they did not name any particular jail official. If they name the official, we will remove him and initiate an inquiry."
However, the family refused to accept the offer and placed four demands before the district administration. This includes Rs 1 crore as compensation, a CBI inquiry, action against the errant jail authorities, and the arrest of lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad on charges of cow slaughter. Senior Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Singh, however, told the Times of India that the family’s demand to arrest Jaan Mohammad cannot be fulfilled right now. "The matter is still under investigation. We cannot arrest Jaan Mohammad without concrete proof," said Singh.
Meanwhile, police continue to monitor Bishada village, where Section 144 was enforced earlier this week. The police have deployed a large contingent, including two companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary and forces from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad.
A senior superintendent of police told The Indian Express, “We are recording the events on video. If any person gives provocative speeches and tries to disturb peace there, strict legal action will be taken. We are on alert. Forces have been deployed as a precautionary measure and to ensure that some elements do not try to take advantage of the situation.”
Ravin Sisodia was allegedly a part of the mob that had dragged out and lynched Mohammad Akhlaq from his house in Dadri's Bishada village on September 28, 2015, on the suspicion of killing a calf and eating beef. The incident triggered communal tension, which in turn led to countrywide protests. As many as 18 people were arrested in connection with the case. Three of them are out on bail.