The case of Mohammad Akhlaq's lynching by a mob of Hindu men in Bisara village over allegations that he had eaten beef at his residence took a new turn yesterday. A group of men from Bisara moved court seeking the filing of an FIR for alleged cow slaughter against Akhlaq's family members.
The application to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar was filed by some Bisara residents after a report issued by the forensic lab in Mathura on 1 June concluded that the meat found in Akhlaq's house was of "cow or its progeny".
An earlier report issued in December 2015 had said that the meat found in deceased's house was mutton and not beef.
According to an NDTV report, the petition filed by Bisara residents also claims that one Prem Singh, who lives in Bisara, saw Akhlaq slitting the throat of an animal.
The report further states that on 26 September last year, two other men from Bisara, Ranvir and Jatan, saw Akhlaq and his son Danish beat up a calf and on questioning Akhlaq were told by him that the calf was attacking people and therefore he was going to tie up the animal at his brother, Jaan Mohammed's house.
At a mahapanchayat in Bisara last week, the villagers had given an ultimatum to police to file an FIR against Akhlaq's family members within 20 days, after the new forensic report was released.
Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and lynched to death in Uttar Pradesh's Bisara village, about 45 kilometers from New Delhi, after a rumour spread that he and his family killed and ate a cow that had gone missing from the neighbourhood.
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