The Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s case refuses to die down, especially in the wake of the latest forensic reports that identified the meat as beef. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav questioned the authenticity of the report and asked – Where was the sample sent? Who received it? –
He also said that he sees a conspiracy in this matter and promises to protect the victim’s family. This latest report from a forensic lab in Mathura contradicts the earlier report submitted by UP Veterinary department that the meat stored in Akhlaq’s house was not beef, but mutton.
In the wake of this new report, demands to slap charges of cow slaughter on Akhlaq’s family are raising their heads. In September last year, Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob in Bishahra village in Dadri based on rumours that he stocked cow meat in his house. In the misdt of allegations and counter allegations that Yadav in association with other secular parties is defaming Modi, and demands for bringing justice to those arrested for murder, by charging the family with slaughter of cow – one wonders – where does that leave human rights and taking law into one’s own hands and killing a human being over meat.