Lynching case in Dadri: Akhilesh Yadav announces ex-gratia for victim Iqlakh's family

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of 50-year-old Mohammad Iqlakh, who was lynched for allegedly possessing beef.

Updated: Oct 03, 2015, 20:45 PM IST

Dadri: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of 50-year-old Mohammad Iqlakh, who was lynched for allegedly possessing beef.

"The CM has decided to hike the amount of financial assistance being extended to the kin of the victim from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh," an official spokesman said here.

The Chief Minister, during a review meeting, directed the concerned officials to take all necessary measures to bring the culprits to book and also prevent the occurrence of such an incident.

He said that stern action will be taken against the accused and those attempting to spread rumours.

Earlier, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also met the victim's family.

Meanwhile, two main accused in the lynching case, Shivam and Vishal, were arrested earlier in the day today, raising the total of the number of accused in the case to eight.

Six people were arrested earlier after public outrage over the killing of a man by a mob in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri, allegedly over rumours that he had consumed beef.

The deceased Mohammed Aqlakh's elder son Sartaj, who is an Air Force personnel, had appealed to politicians and the media to not disturb the family during their time of grief. 

(With Agency inputs)