Residents of Bisada village wrapped a national flag on the body of Ravin Sisodia, an accused in Dadri-lynching case, to accord him status of a martyr amid heightened tension in the village over his death.
He died in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday reportedly due to renal and respiratory failure. But the family alleged he was beaten to death inside the jail.
He was jailed, along with 17 other youths, for allegedly lynching Mohammad Ikhlaq and injuring his son Danish over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat for consumption on September 28, 2015 in Dadri’s Bisada village.
“He did not die, he was killed. He was innocent. Ikhlaq’s family had named him in the FIR as we are their neighbours,” said Ranveer Sisodia, father of the deceased.
Doctors at the Lok Nayak hospital, where he died, however, said the deceased had no injury marks on the body.
The residents claimed the Tricolour was wrapped on his body as a mark of respect.
Taking a note of the incident, police said it would investigate the matter and would take legal action if any disrespect was shown to the national flag.
Abhishek Yadav, Superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar, said additional forces had been deployed in the village, though normalcy currently prevailed there.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi also reached Bisada and addressed a crowd of over 500 people who were staging a protest demanding a compensation of R 1 crore for Ravin’s family and a government job for his wife.
“We will not tolerate this (Ravin’s killing). The government has to ensure safety of the 14 other boys who are behind the bars. They should be shifted to a jail outside UP for trial,” Prachi said, addressing the gathering, amidst heavy police presence.
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