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Meat sample in Dadri case: Akhlaq son meets ADG for probe into ‘loopholes’

Alleging “several loopholes” in the lab report, Sartaj, Akhlaq’s son, requested ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chawdhary to conduct “further investigation”.

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Dadri lynching victim Mohammed Akhlaq’s son Wednesday met the Additional Director General of Police (ADG) and briefed him about their doubts on the Mathura Lab report which stated that the meat sample allegedly recovered from their house was beef.

Alleging “several loopholes” in the lab report, Sartaj, Akhlaq’s son, requested ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chawdhary to conduct “further investigation”.

His family has alleged that the meat sample was changed before it was sent to Mathura for testing. The lab had said in its report that the sample belonged to a “cow or its progeny”, resulting in a case being lodged against Akhlaq and six members of his family at the Jarcha police station on charges of cow slaughtering.

Sartaj, working with the Indian Air Force, said his family was being treated like criminals instead of victims.

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He visited the DGP headquarters with his lawyer Mohammad Asad Hayat Wednesday afternoon and handed over the application seeking “further investigation”.

Accepting Sartaj’s plea, ADG Chawdhary said, “I would forward the application to Gautam Budh Nagar police and ask them to look into it.”

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The lawyer told The Indian Express that they had sent similar applications to Secretary (Home), Uttar Pradesh, SSP Gautam Budh Nagar and the Jarcha police station officer on July 23.

Sartaj at the ADG’s office in Lucknow. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav) Sartaj at the ADG’s office in Lucknow. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

“We told the ADG that the meat sample seized from near Akhlaq’s house was not handled properly by the police team. Confusion prevails over the sample that was sent for testing. We have requested him to look into this,” Hayat said.

Akhlaq (50) was beaten to death on September 28 last year in Bisara village of Dadri by a mob following rumours that he and his family had stored and consumed beef at their house, triggering a fierce debate over “intolerance” in the country.

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After the lab report confirmed the sample to be beef, village residents met the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP on June 5, demanding an FIR against Akhlaq’s family. Judicial Magistrate Vijay Kumar ordered investigation and lodging of an FIR of cow slaughter on July 14.

Eating beef is not a crime in Uttar Pradesh but cow slaughter is a non-bailable offence and carries a punishment of up to seven years in jail.

First published on: 28-07-2016 at 03:46:06 am
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