An accused in the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was murdered by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri last year over suspicions of beef consumption, died at a hospital in Delhi on Tuesday while in judicial custody.
Ravin Sisodia, a resident of the Bishahra village in Dadri, who was among the 18 persons arrested on charges of lynching Akhlaq in September last year, died in the LNJP hospital on Tuesday. As per the doctors, he died of kidney and respiratory failure.
“He was brought here in a very bad condition, with kidney failure and high blood sugar level, around 12 noon. He died around 7 pm of kidney and respiratory failure,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital, Dr JC Passey said.
However, according to a report in Indian Express, Ravin’s villagers alleged that he, along with three other accused in the case, was beaten up in jail. Following which he was taken to a hospital.
“Around 6.30 pm to 7 pm today, we came to know about the death. A detailed report of Ravin’s medical history, test results as well as the postmortem report from LNJP Hospital, is awaited. The jail authorities have told us that he was suffering from a lung infection. But I have asked for a detailed medical report,” Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh was quoted by Indian Express as saying.
On the night of September 28, 2015, a mob surrounded Akhlaq’s residence in Dadri’s Bisara before allegedly dragging him out of the house and beating him to death.