On 23 May, Mohammed Aquil Qureshi, a 42 year old meat seller from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh was resting with his wife and children on the terrace when police raided his house to book him in a cow-slaughter case. Police tried to extort money from Qureshi but ended in holding his collar, knocking a pistol butt on his head and throwing him off the terrace. His two daughters and wife were the eyewitnesses. Aquil Qureshi, a father of five children – a son and four daughters – succumbed to injuries on 27 May, three days after police officials brutally attacked him. Most of Qureshi’s injuries were on his head.
Police claimed that Qureshi died when he tried to escape from the spot. Aquil Qureshi’s family had written a letter to the SDM on May 27, the day he died, saying that he was thrown off the terrace by policemen Sunil, Gaurav, Dilendra, Fareed and others after they injured him with pistol butts.
Aquil Qureshi’s family members speak to Maktoob.
Aquil's wife Shahana recalls what happened, “There were three policemen who came, they started asking my husband for money. He is a meat seller, so these policemen would keep coming to take different sums, in every one week, 15 days, or in a month. My husband would be scared and would pay, and would not even tell me about it in detail. When I asked him why he was constantly paying them, he would not answer properly.”
She says that due to the lockdown, there was not enough money to eat, and the meat shop was also closed. “So, when they asked for Rs 5,000 this time, all he said was that he would give it the next morning. They got angry and held onto his collar and said they needed the money right away. He repeated himself, saying that he wouldn’t go right away but would go in the morning. They hit him, kicked him, and pushed him off the terrace. I saw it.”
These allegations have also been repeated by their daughters, two of whom were on the terrace when this alleged incident happened. “We saw the police use the butt of the gun to hit our father on the head, he had started bleeding after that. Then they abused him and threw him off the terrace. When we went down to see our father, there was some substance jutting out of his injured and bloody head,” his daughters said.