Villagers in Uttar Pradesh's Bisada village have refused to cremate the body of 22-year-old Ravin, an accused in the infamous Dadri lynching case. Ravin succumbed to kidney and respiratory failure on 4 October at a hospital in New Delhi.
According to reports, the locals have demanded strict action against the jailer and a compensation of Rs 1 crore from the government.
"We demand action against the jailer and Akhlaq's brother, Rs 1crore as compensation, government job for Ravin's wife, CBI probe and medical facilities for other accused," a local told ANI.
Ravi's family has alleged foul play and claim "he was kept in a separate cell by the jail authorities and mercilessly beaten up by some police officials inside the jail on 30 September, due to which his condition deteriorated".
22-year-old Ravin - aka Robin - succumbed to kidney and respiratory failure at Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital on Tuesday, doctors said. He was lodged in the district jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar and rushed to LNJP Hospital from a district hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh after he was "suspected to be suffering from dengue", the police said.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the National Human Rights Commission also issued notice to the Director General of Prisons and the Director General of Police and sought a report within four weeks.
In Dadri's Bisada village, Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September 2015 on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.
--With Agency inputs