Akhilesh orders probe into honour killing

Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested the fifth accused in the suspected honour killing case of Abdul Hakim even as the state government ordered a magisterial probe into the matter.

Mallik was arrested at a railway station near here, police sources said.

Another accused in the case was arrested on Friday, sources added.

In another development, Riyaz Ahmed, the chairman of Khadi Gramodyog, who has the status of minister of state, said that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the murder.

Ahmed, who met Abdul Hakim’s wife Mahvish, also said that an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh would also be given to kin of the victim from the chief minister’s fund.

According to Hakim’s wife, the victim was shot dead by her family members on November 22 after he had just entered the village along with her and their two-year-old daughter.

However, the police have claimed that it was not a case of honour killing as none of the accused named in the FIR by the deceased’s brother was from Mahvish’s side.

Mahvish had eloped with Hakim in October 2010 after which the couple got married and were staying in Delhi following opposition from her family, police said.

Hakim, 29, had also participated in Aamir Khan’s reality show Satyamev Jayate and had spoken against the menace of honour killing.

Widow seeks justice

His widow Mahvish vowed to bring the killers to justice. “Killers are killers. Whoever they may be. When they did not show mercy while killing my husband, why should I be compassionate to them. They should be subjected to the harshest punishment,” said Mahvish.

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