While the Mathura-based Cow Meat Examination Forensic Laboratory has reportedly received the meat sample that was sent to it to find out if it was indeed beef, the Gautam Budh Nagar police on Thursday claimed no such report was required in the investigation into the lynching of Akhlaq in Dadri.
The laboratory, which is under the state veterinary department, had initially returned the sample citing that the test cannot be done unless an FIR was lodged, stating that the meat recovered was suspected to be beef.
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Investigating Officer of the case and Jarcha Station House Officer Subodh Kumar Singh told The Indian Express that initially, the meat sample taken from Akhlaq’s house was given to the district veterinary department for examination.
The department sent the sample to the Mathura laboratory, requesting that it be examined. However, the laboratory returned it, while seeking information about any FIR that had been registered mentioning that cow slaughter was suspected. It also asked that a copy of the report be sent to it, as required, before the lab accepts the meat for testing, said Singh.
Since no such FIR was lodged, the police attached a copy of the general diary (GD) lodged at the police station, where it has been mentioned that the meat was recovered from Akhlaq’s house. The police also mentioned about rumours of cow slaughtering, said the SHO.
“While the FIR into Akhlaq murder case does not mention beef, the investigation is also looking into the fact that according to the rumours, slaughtering of a cow had led to the attack on the family,” said Circle Officer (Dadri area) Anurag Singh.
When contacted, a senior officer of the Mathura laboratory said they had received the meat sample from Gautam Budh Nagar police Saturday last week.
“The report will either be submitted to the court or to a government employee,” he added, while refusing to divulge the findings of the test.
Asked about the status of the report, Noida’s Senior Superintendent of Police Kiran S maintained that the police did not need the report from the laboratory to investigate the murder case.