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Will never quit Bishada permanently: Iqlakh’s family


Dadri/Lucknow: Notwithstanding the gruesome lynching of Mohammed Iqlakh over rumours of eating and storing beef, his family has no plans to permanently shift from Bishada where it has lived for five generations, his brother said today as the village held on to fragile peace. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, meanwhile, claimed the September 28 killing of Iqlakh was the result of “conspiracy” hatched by “three persons of a specific party”.

“As you can see, our family members have not shifted anywhere and do not intend to do so either. We are very much in Bishada,” Jamil, Iqlakh’s elder brother, told PTI at the village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, about 60 km from the national capital.

He, however, said the family may decide to move out for 2-4 months, if required. Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh said the family has been provided round-the-clock police protection.

On reports that Ikhlaq son Sartaj had moved the family to Delhi, Jamil said, “He (Sartaj) is saying certain things out of concern but that does not mean he will go beyond my words.” Sartaj had yesterday said he had moved the family to Delhi on Tuesday night.

The SP chief, while addressing the media in Lucknow, alleged three persons of a “specific party” had plotted the incident. “The Dadri incident was a pre-planned conspiracy…you will come to know the names. According to the information I have gathered, three persons related to a specific party are behind the incident,” Yadav said, adding a Samajwadi Party delegation would soon be sent to Bishada after which their names will become clear.

“We will take stern action once the names are clear, whatever sacrifices the government has to make…even if we have to sacrifice our government, we will crush the communal forces,” Yadav said.