Lucknow, June 6: Amid high tension in Bishada village, police on Monday stepped up security in the area. Reportedly, prohibitory orders were also clamped after local called for a Mahapanchyat.
Tension gripped entire area after locals announced that they will organise a Mahapanchyat over registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq's family for alleged cow slaughter case.
An official said that District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar NP Singh clamped Section 144 CrPC and issued prohibitory orders banning gathering of five or more persons in the Dadri district. Additional security personnel have also been deployed in the village, he further said.
Residents of Bishada village, include kin of the accused in the September 2015 Akhlaq lynching case, yesterday met the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP to press their demand for registration of an FIR against Akhlaq's family after a forensic report stated that the meat found in his house was that of "cow or its progeny".
Sanjay Rana, father of accused Vishal Rana, had threatened that a mahapanchayat will be held in the village as police have failed to register an FIR against Akhlaq's family.
"A complaint was filed with police after the forensic report said the meat in the freezer at Akhlaq's house was beef. No FIR has been filed yet in this regard," he said.
"The villagers have decided to hold a mahapanchayat as police have failed to register an FIR based on our complaint. Residents of Satha Chaurasi village will also attend it," he claimed. VHP leader Surindera Jain had yesterday visited the village and claimed that the accused had been falsely implicated.
BJP leader supports the demand of registration of an FIR
Some villagers and Hindu organisations are also demanding that the 17 accused in the killing of Akhlaq be released.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar supported the demand for registration of FIR against Akhlaq's family members and demanded that the compensation given to them be withdrawn.
"The question is that cow slaughter had taken place. The report has come and now FIR should be lodged against those involved in cow slaughter. Those who have been locked up in jail should be released. The compensation should be withdrawn. Government should take back the three houses given to them," the BJP leader said.
The Congress, meanwhile, criticised the statements of BJP leaders, saying it will vitiate the atmosphere.
"Calling for mahapanchayat and the statements being made after the forensic report came are not proper. Whether it is the Centre or the state government, it should be stopped," P L Punia said.
(with inputs from PTI)