Akhilesh 'sop balm' for Dadri family

Lynching issue: Victim's kin firm on leaving 'hostile' home

Akhilesh 'sop balm' for Dadri family

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday met the family of Akhlaq and announced sops.

In a bid to silence the BJP leaders, Akhilesh announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Rahul Yadav, who was allegedly injured in police firing.

The chief minister hiked the financial compensation for Akhlaq’s family from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.

He assured that Akhlaq’s son Danish, who had suffered critical injuries after he was assaulted by the mob, would be given job.

He also announced financial help of Rs 5 lakh each to Akhlaq’s three brothers.
Akhilesh said the family would be provided security and, if need be, shifted to a safer place. The Indian Air Force on Saturday offered to shift the family to an IAF establishment.

Akhilesh said the state government would bear the expenses incurred on the treatment of Danish, who was admitted to a hospital in Delhi.

Akhlaq’s family arrived here on Saturday night by air and had over an-hour-long meeting with the chief minister on Sunday morning.

The family of Md Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob over rumours of beef eating at a Dadri village in Greater Noida, continues to be in a state of shock five days after the incident, and has made up its mind on saying good bye to its ancestral village, their home for several decades.

“We never imagined that something like this could happen to us in the village…..those who grew up before us and with whom we had very good relations, suddenly turned foes,” said Akhlaq’s 85-year old mother Asghari.

The swelling close to her eyes and black scars indicated that Asghari must have tried to save her son from the frenzied mob. “Everything was lost within minutes,” Asghari told Deccan Herald here on Sunday.Akhlaq’s daughter Shaista said that her family had very good relations with the residents of Bisara.

 “We always celebrated Holi and Deepavali together,” she said.

Asghari had no complaints with the villagers. “We know every one there….I have spent seven decades in the village, she said. The family seems to be firm on leaving the village. “After whatever happened, we cannot think of staying at the village….the place will always haunt us if we remain there,” said Akhlaq’s elder brother Afzal. “We want a safer place to live in peace,” he added.

Afzal expressed satisfaction at the steps taken by the state government after the gruesome incident.

“We are fully satisfied,” he commented after meeting Akhilesh Yadav. The family of Akhlaq was here to meet chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. All the family now wants is “justice”.

“The culprits should be punished…I know my son will never come back….but what happened to him must not happen to any one else,” Asghari said.

The octogenarian had no idea what CBI was. “We only want an impartial investigation,” she added.

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