THE family of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob at Bisara village in Gautam Budh Nagar district for alleged cow slaughter, Tuesday alleged that the meat seized from the crime spot was changed before it was sent to a Mathura laboratory for test. The lab had declared the meat sample as beef.
Akhlaq’s son Sartaj, who was in Lucknow, said he may meet UP DGP Javeed Ahmed Wednesday and seek a probe into the procedure of recovery of the meat and the sample sent to the lab. He said they would move the Allahabad High Court seeking quashing of the FIR registered against Akhlaq and six members of the family on charges of cow slaughter and animal cruelty. The case was filed on direction of a local court in Gautam Budh Nagar on July 14.
“The meat seized from near my house was not handled properly by the police team. There is also some confusion over the meat seized and the one sent for laboratory test. We have demanded further probe into the murder case of my father. Police should probe facts related to the recovery of the meat,” said Sartaj.
He said that in any case, the meat sent to the laboratory was not recovered from his house and hence, his family should not be blamed for it. Sartaj, who work with the Indian Air Force, said his family was being treated like criminals instead of victims.
Lawyer of Akhlaq’s family, Mohammad Asad Hayat said, “Police did not seal the box when they collected the meat. It was sent to the district veterinary department, which had in its report said it was mutton. The department had sent a plastic box to the police, but the police sent the sample in a jar to the Mathura lab, which said the sample was beef,” he said.