Security tight in Akhlaq's village as residents hold Maha Panchayat

Tension mounts as families of accused are pressing the police to register a case of cow slaughter against Akhlaq's family

Security tight in Akhlaq

The administration and police in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh was on high alert as a Maha Panchayat has been called on Monday afternoon in Bisahada village, an official said.

The jawans of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary have been patrolling the village since Sunday evening.

Security has been increased following announcement by some right wing Hindu organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtrawadi Pratap Sena, Goraksha Dal and Hindu Yuva Vahini that they will participate in the
Maha Panchayat
, said officials. Prohibitory orders were issued in the village and the district police has called for additional deployment of forces.

The Maha Panchayat  has been convened after police refused to heed to the demand of villagers, mostly the  family members of the accused. The delegation which met the Senior Superintendent of Police on Sunday wanted to file a case of cow slaughter against Mohammad Aklaq's family.

Akhlaq was lynched on September 28 last year on the suspicion that he and his family had consumed cow's meat.

The demand for registering the case against Aklaq's family came after the Uttar Pradesh Veterinary Department lab in Mathura said in its report released last week that the meat sample recovered from their house was of "cow or its progeny".

As soon as the lab report was published last Tuesday, the family of the 17 accused have stepped up the demand for their release.

In the recovery memo, the police had stated that the meat sample was not seized from Aklaq's refrigerator or house, but from the location where the mob had assembled to target Aklaq and his family over the suspicion that they had consumed beef.

An official, however  said that the accused would be produced before a fast-track court on Monday where charges would be fixed.

A juvenile has already been granted bail by the high court.