NEW DELHI: It turns out the meat in the fridge of Mohammed Akhlaq, whom a mob lynched to death in Dadri on suspicion that his family had stored and consumed cow meat, was mutton — a fact that the family repeatedly told the lynch mob, and later to reporters who spoke to them after the 52-year-old man was beaten to death.
Investigators had sent the ‘offending meat’ for tests! As per the report submitted by the Uttar Pradesh Veterinary Department, the meat found by investigators in the house was mutton.
“Prima facie this meat belongs to goat progeny. For final diagnosis and confirmation, samples have been sent to the forensic laboratory in Mathura,” said the report.
Akhlaq was lynched and his son was beaten up by a mob in Bisara village in Dadri over rumours of his family eating beef on September 28.
The report is part of the chargesheet filed last week against 15 persons including Vishal Rana and Shivam, son and nephew of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana for their alleged involvement in Akhlaq’s lynching.
The duo had allegedly spread the rumour and led a violent mob that attacked Akhlaq’s house, lynched him and assaulted his younger son Danish. Akhlaq’s murder over ‘beef’ had triggered massive outrage across the country, with politicians and activists descending on the village to console the bereaved family.