The Muslim man who was beaten up by cow vigilantes was carrying beef, said the cops on Saturday. Police held four involved in this case Salim Shaha (34), a member of Katol unit of the BJP, on July 12 and sent the meat he was carrying to a forensic laboratory.
As per reports, SP Shailesh Balkawde of Nagpur rural said that it was confirmed after the lab report which gave a positive result which is that it was beef. Police will initiate further action against Shaha as per the law, he said. BJP Nagpur rural unit’s president Dr Rajiv Potdar said that it was shocking that Shaha has been found to be carrying beef that day, and he would be dismissed from the party.
Salim’s mother had claimed that he was the head of the BJP’s Katol tehsil minority morcha, while local BJP leaders had said he was a party member. Shaha, resident of Katol town in Nagpur district, was returning home on his motorcycle when 5-6 men accosted him at a bus stop on July 12 in Bharsingi village on suspicion that he was carrying beef, and assaulted him.
Ashwin Uike (35), Rameshwar Taywade (42), Moreshwar Tandurkar (36) and Jagdish Chaudhari (25) were arrested under IPC sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt).