Greater Noida: A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member's son and four others instigated the crowd to attack Mohammed Iqlakh and his family in Bishada village near Dadri for alleged consumption of beef, a report said on Saturday.
According to a report published in 'Times of India', the family of deceased Iqlakh has alleged that five people, including the son of a BJP member incited the villagers.
Speaking to the newspaper, Additional district magistrate Rajesh Yadav said the aggrieved family has accused Vishal, Chandrapal, Arun, Hari Om and his brother. Viishal is the son of a BJP worker.
Iqlakh's family has said that Vishal forced the priest to announce that cow was slaughtered and stored in their house.
Interestingly, speaking to CNN-IBN, the priest on Thursday said that two youths had forced him to make the announcement that cow was slaughtered and stored in the house of the victim.
Around 200 persons attacked the residence of Iqlakh on Monday night after rumours spread in the village that a cow has been slaughtered and the beef was stored in his house, police said.
The mob allegedly beat Iqlakh to death while his 22-year-old son Danish was critically injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Six persons have been arrested in connection with the lynching of the man over suspected beef consumption and a manhunt launched to arrest the rest named accused in the case, a senior police officer said.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Iqlakh's son Sartaj appealed to the public including media not to disturb them as they have told whatever they had to say and allow the family to live in peace.
Opposition parties have hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "silence" on the killing of a man in Dadri over rumours of his family having eaten beef.