In a shocking revelation in the murder over a meal in Dadri, forensic lab tests suggest that the meat stored in Mohammad Akhlaq’s house was mutton, and not beef.
Now that that’s clear, can someone bring back Mohammad Akhlaq’s life? Can someone justify his death over the confusion that he stored beef in his fridge? What if he did? What if he even ate beef? Can eating or storing beef justify the act of murder? How can anyone control what one should eat and what one shouldn’t? It’s unbelievable how people’s mindsets have changed so drastically to make them intolerant enough to kill anyone, just like that, over petty issues.
However in this particular case, the National Security Act is likely to be invoked against the murderers of the 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq, who was brutally beaten to death on Monday night after locals suspected him of storing and consuming beef.
“This was no ordinary killing and therefore merits the use of the strictest laws so that others are deterred from indulging in such acts in future,” said Uttar Pradesh Principal Home Secretary Debashish Panda.
Local administration handling the case have also confirmed that the meat stored in Akhlaq’s home was simply mutton and not beef.
“We have got the meat samples picked up from Akhlaq’s fridge tested by our animal husbandry department experts who said quite affirmatively that it was not beef at all,” Noida district magistrate N P Singh told Rediff.com.
Singh also mentioned that the murderers seem to have no formal association with any right-winged Hindutva group.
Concerned over the lynching of a man in Dadri for allegedly consuming beef, the Centre has sought a detailed report from the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident and asked it to ensure that no such incident recurs. In a communication, the Home Ministry told the state government that a report had to be sent to it as early as possible with the steps taken to find the guilty and punish them.
Iqlakh was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish was critically injured by a 200-member-strong mob which barged into their house at Dadri in Greater Noida on Monday night following rumours that the family had consumed beef. Cow slaughter is banned in Uttar Pradesh.
As police intensified security, the distraught family of Iqlakh said they were planning to move out of this Uttar Pradesh village, apprehending more attacks on it.
(With inputs from PTI)