New Delhi, Sep 23, 2017: The last accused, Rupendra in the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched by an angry mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri village last year over suspicions of beef consumption has got bail and released from Luksar jail earlier this week.
He was granted bail by the Allahabad high court on September 8 and was released on Thursday. Justice Vipin Sinha granted him bail on a personal surety of Rs 50,000 each from two guarantors.
Rupendra’s bail application was approved on the condition that he will neither tamper with the prosecution evidence nor delay the trial in any manner.
Eighteen persons, including three juveniles, were arrested by police on charges of murdering Akhlaq and critically injuring his son Danish in their house in Bisada. The attack was triggered by a rumour that the 51-year-old handyman had consumed beef and also stored it in his refrigerator.
The three minor suspects were released from juvenile homes, as were 13 others over a period of time after they managed to get bail. However, one suspect died while in judicial custody.
A fast track court in Surajpur is hearing the case. In the meantime, police have registered an FIR against Akhlaq and six of his family members for cow slaughter after a complaint from a Bisada villager.