The UP’s special police task force accused eight men of having “a very determined purpose to create a division of castes and disrupt the situation of public order.”
Of the eight accused, four men, Siddique Kappan, Atiq-ur Rehman, Masood Ahmed and Alam, were arrested by UP police on October 5, 2020 while on their way to the Dalit victim’s home in the western UP. Police claimed that, acting on a tip, they stopped their car at a toll booth.
Of the four remaining defendants, Rauf Sharif, Firoze and Ansad Badruddin, were later arrested, while another defendant, Danish, was not arrested as he moved Allahabad HC against any coercive action.
UP police convicted the men under section 120B (criminal association), 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups), 295A (deliberate acts aimed at outrageous religious sentiments of any class ), 124 A (sedition) of the IPC, 65 and 72 of the IT law and 17 (punishment for fundraising for a terrorist act) and 18 (punishment for conspiracy) of the illegal activities (prevention) law .
The men claimed their innocence and said they were on their way as journalists to cover the case or as activists to sympathize with the victim’s family.
The court then ordered the Mathura prison authorities to provide him with appropriate care and ensure that he was provided with adequate medical facilities.