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Cab driver Akeel Ahmed lynched by BJP leader - DOTO

Cab driver Akeel Ahmed lynched by BJP leader

Four people, including a BJP leader, have been arrested by the police in connection with the lynching of Aqeel Ahmed in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP on Tuesday. According to the police, the inquiry is on. Arrested Anoop Shukla has been a former district vice president of BJP. At present he is the chairman of the District Cooperative Federation. Last night of July 19, Aqeel Ahmed, Chunnan and Baba Khan, who lived in the city, had gone to see the fair. Then there was a dispute with Devarshi alias Chanu Shukla about swinging there. After a minor altercation, a scuffle also took place. After some time, Devarshi informed about this to his friend Rajat Rastogi on the phone. On which many people reached the place of quarrel. In which Rajat Rastogi, Anoop Shukla and Brajesh Shukla were also involved. These people stopped Aqeel Ahmed Chunmun and Baba Khan coming on the way. On which Chandan and Baba escaped from the spot and Aqeel Ahmed got caught by all these people. It is being told that these people had beaten it fiercely on the middle road itself. Due to which Aqeel Ahmed died on the spot. The lynching on the middle road was also captured in the CCTV camera. Based on the footage of the CCTV camera, the police have arrested four accused. In which BJP leaders from Lakhimpur district Anoop Shukla, Devarshi alias Chanu Shukla, Rajat Rastogi and Brajesh Shukla are included. Arun Kumar Singh, Additional SP of Lakhimpur Kheri district said that one person lost his life in a fight that took place last night. A case was registered therein as per rules. In which 4 accused have been arrested. The wife of cab driver Aqueel Ahmed, who was lynched in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday, has complained to the district police chief that what was a minor brawl was given a sinister communal colour by a BJP leader and his associates and her husband was murdered. Farzana Begum, 28, wrote in the letter to Lakhimpur Kheri police superintendent Sanjeev Sumas that local cops were trying to remove the name of the accused Anup Shukla, former vice-president of the district BJP unit and current chairman of the district cooperative federation, from the case. Farzana apprehended further attacks on her family. “Although the accused were arrested (on Wednesday), I have come to know that the police are trying to remove Anup’s name from the case. Many people have told me that Anup had declared at the fair while beating my husband that it was happening because of a Hindu-Muslim dispute,” Farzana told reporters in Lakhimpur Kheri on Friday. Seeking to know what evidences the police had collected so far, she asked the SP: “Why was 302 (the IPC section for murder) not added to the case and why are the police avoiding giving me the CCTV footage of the incident?” The police have booked the four accused for unintentional killing.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency The police have booked the four accused for unintentional killing sufficient evidence is available but still 302 (the IPC section for murder) not added to the case. Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed charges of rioting, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt (323), intentional insult and causing death by negligence Other details
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Date of incident: July 19, 2022
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Aqueel Ahmed
    Name of Perpetrator Anoop Shukla, Devarshi alias Chanu Shukla, Rajat Rastogi and Brajesh Shukla
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Lakhimpur Kheri
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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