Lynching in Pilakhua, Hapur

Qasim (45) was beaten to death by a mob at a sugarcane field in Hapur’s Pilakhuwa and 65-year-old Samiuddin was injured in the incident. Police have arrested two men — Yudhishtir Singh and Rakesh Sisodia — on the charge of murder. According to the FIR filed at the Pilakhuwa police station, the incident was the result of a scuffle between unidentified bike-borne men and the two victims. But the family of Samiuddin and the two men arrested insisted that it was related to “cattle”. Qasim, according to his family, had received a phone call hours before the incident at around 11 am Monday. “He was at home yesterday and he left immediately stating that he will be back by 4 pm. He took around Rs 60,000-70,000. We had asked him to not leave in a hurry and to return quickly. He used to go to neighbouring villages to procure and sell cattle and we thought that it must be regarding his business,” said Qasim’s daughter-in-law Arshi. A few hours later, two men had hurried to Qasim’s house to inform the family that he had been rushed to the hospital after he was mercilessly assaulted around five km away. A video has also surfaced that shows Qasim lying in a field, his clothes torn and bruises across his body. In the video, Qasim pleads for some water as a group of young men stand in the background. A voice asks people to calm down since they have already beaten the man and requests the mob to give Qasim some water. Soon after, another person is heard saying that cows were tied in the fields for slaughtering. The incident took place between 12 pm and 1 pm on Monday in the sugarcane fields that divide two villages in Pilakhuwa — Muslim dominated Madapur and Thakur-dominated Baghera Khurd. Qasim is a resident of Saddikpur, which is five km from Madapur.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Farm/forest
Number of victims 2 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Farm/forest perpetrator Religion Hindu
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory :Police has filed an FIR but it does not mention the lynching aspect, rather franmes it as a case of road rage and dispute over right of way. Current status :FIR filed
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: June 18, 2018
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Cow Related Violence
  • Name of the victim : Qasim and Samiuddin
    Name of Perpetrator Yudhishtir Singh and Rakesh Sisodia
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Ghaziabad
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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