Kin of Dadri lynching case accused continue sit-in

Lucknow : Women relatives of 16 persons arrested in the Dadri lynching case continued to stage their sit-in for the third day on Monday to demand the arrest of Jan Mohammad, a brother of deceased Mohammad Akhlaq who was beaten to death by a mob.

Activists of many local organisations joined the women protesters at a temple in their native village Bishada in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh to support their demand.

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The protesters led by Sadhvi Hari Siddhi demanded that Jan Mohammad, an accused in a cow slaughter case, be arrested immediately. They accused police of acting under state government pressure in the case.

A mob had lynched 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and injured his son Danish after dragging them out of their home in Bishada village on September 28, 2015, following rumours that they had slaughtered a cow and consumed beef.

A total of 19 persons were accused in the case. Of these, one was given a clean chit by police and let off. Two minors were also bailed out by courts. The remaining 16 accused are lodged in jail.