A Turn In Bisada
- A new forensic report has said that the meat found with Akhlaq’s family was beef, triggering raw emotions
- In Bisada, Dadri, villagers demand action against the family, release of men held for his murder last year
- Emboldened villagers equate Akhlaq’s murder with the rights of the cow, and warn of an agitation
Everyone in Bisada village of Dadri speaks earnestly of Hindu-Muslim unity. But they speak on their side of a hard line, beyond which violence seems a terrible but inevitable option. “Akhlaq was like a brother. When I went out of town, he’d keep an eye on my house,” says Akhlaq’s neighbour. His pink house shares a boundary with Akhlaq’s abandoned blue one. He says they knew each other for long. “But if the forensic report says there was beef, and on WhatsApp I saw photos of a dead cow, then this had to happen....,” he trails off, too uncomfortable to push his argument further.