50-yr-old, whose body found in canal, riot victim

MANISH SAHU

After four months of investigation, the special investigation cell (SIC) found that 50-year-old Mohammad Ilyas, whose body was recovered from a canal in Muzaffarnagar's Budhana area on September 9, was killed in the riots. The police and administration were yet to declare him a riot victim.

Now, after receiving the SIC report, the district administration has initiated the process of handing over the compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a government job to the family of the deceased.

The findings revealed that Ilyas, who was employed in Ghaziabad, was killed by rioters while he was on way to his native village in Muzaffarnagar on September 8. He had hired a Scorpio to bring his family to Ghaziabad after coming to know that riots had stated in Muzaffarnagar.

During investigation, the SIC questioned the driver of the Scorpio, Sushpender Singh, who revealed that he was allowed to go after he convinced the rioters that he was a Hindu. He also said Ilyas was detained by the group of rioters.

The Investigating Officer said his body bearing injuries of blunt objects and sharp weapons was later recovered from a canal. No one has been arrested in the murder case of Ilyas, he added.

Additional District Magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, Dr Indra Mani Tripathi confirmed to have recieved SIC report which has declared Ilyas was victim of communal violence.

A native of Muzaffarnagar's Mundbhar village, Ilyas was living in Ghaziabad for the last three years. His family includes his wife Balkees and six children, the youngest among them is a 11-year-old boy.

Ilyas's younger brother Mohammad Naushad said his brother had spoken to him with his driver's cellphone before leaving Ghaziabad for his village on September 8

"I had recieved a second call from driver Sushpender who informed that a group of persons had detained Ilyas at Laak village. I could not move out of the village because of the violence. Later in the evening, police officers shifted us to relief camp in Shamli. The next day I asked a relative to search for Ilyas who informed about his body lying at mortuary," said Naushad.

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