Dadri foren­sic re­port on ‘beef’ sparks fresh row

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Ab­hishek Anand ab­hisek.anand@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GREATER NOIDA: Rel­a­tives of sus­pects who lynched a Mus­lim man in Dadri pressed for an FIR on Wed­nes­day against his fam­ily for cow slaugh­ter after a foren­sic re­port said the meat found in his home was beef.

The 55-year-old Mo­ham­mad Ikhlaq was mur­dered by a mob on the sus­pi­cion of slaugh­ter­ing a cow for a fam­ily feast in Dadri’s Bisada vil­lage last Septem­ber. The in­ci­dent trig­gered na­tional out­rage over re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance and beef pol­i­tics.

Chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav ques­tioned the au­then­tic­ity of the foren­sic re­port that says the meat was that of a “cow or its prog­eny”. “Where was the sam­ple found? If you had read

the news­pa­pers (when the in­ci­dent hap­pened), then noth­ing ob­jec­tion­able had been found in the house. The vic­tim’s fam­ily must get jus­tice.”

But the BJP’s fire­brand Gorakhpur par­lia­men­tar­ian Yogi

Adityanath ratch­eted up the is­sue. “The in­no­cent Hin­dus ar­rested in the mat­ter should be im­me­di­ately re­leased and a case of cow slaugh­ter reg­is­tered against Ikhlaq’s fam­ily,” he de­manded.

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BURHAAN KINU/HT

Fam­ily mem­bers of one of the ac­cused in the lynch­ing case, at their house in Dadri, Greater Noida, on Wed­nes­day.

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