NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – The meat recovered from the house of the Dadri lynching victim was not beef but goat meat, an enquiry by the Uttar Pradesh Veterinary Department has revealed.
Fifty two year old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched by a violent Hindu mob in Bishahra village in Dadri over rumours about him and his family eating beef on September 28.
“Prima facie it seems that meat found in Dadri lynching victim’s house belongs to goat progeny. For final diagnosis and confirmation samples have been taken and sent to the forensic laboratory in Mathura,” The Hindu quoted the veterinary officer’s report.
The report is part of the chargesheet which was filed last week against 15 people including Vishal Rana and Shivam, son and nephew of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana for his alleged involvement in Akhlaq’s lynching.
Vishal and Shivam had allegedly spread the rumour and led a violent mob that attacked Akhlaq’s house, lynched him and brutally assaulted his younger son Danish.
“This we have been saying all along. The meat which was there in the fridge in our house was mutton sent to us by one of our relatives as is the practice among Muslims,” Sartaj, the elder son of Akhlaq who works for Indian Air Force told The Hindu.
“My father was killed due to the mass hysteria created by some people benefit by doing politics over beef. He won’t come back now. I just want to request to people of this country that this should not happen ever again with anybody,” added Sartaj who became emotional while talking about the case.
On September 28, Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his son Danish (22) was brutally beaten up as punishment for allegedly eating beef on Eid and ‘storing it’ for later consumption in Dadri’s Bishara village.
A riot-like situation gripped the sleepy village, a little over 40 km from the bustling sub-city of Noida, near Delhi, on September 29, when their relatives were barred from participating in the funeral procession.
The Uttar Pradesh government on September 30 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and also announced a compensation of Rs1 million for the family of the victim.