A forensic lab test report has on Tuesday confirmed that the meat found from the Mohammad Akhlaq’s fridge was from a “cow or its progeny”.
Last year on September 28, Akhlaq was killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri on rumours beef in his house.
Earlier, according the police, a local lab confirmed the reports the meat found in Akhlaq’s freezer was mutton.
According to a report in NDTV, Uttar Pradesh police chief Javed Ahmed said, “Initially we did say mutton but subsequently we were told by the lab that it was beef.”
Initially, the meat sample was tested at a lab in Dadri, but was later sent for a final assessment to a government lab in Mathura, which has confirmed that it is beef.
Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob in Dadri’s Bisahda village on September 28 last year. His son Danish also sustained injuries in the incident. As he and his son were assaulted, the family members kept shouting there was no beef, but the mob did not listen to them.
The attack happened after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat. Nearly a dozen people, including the son of a local BJP leader, have been booked for the killing.
Akhlaq’s murder over beef had triggered massive outrage across the country, with a number of prominent writers returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest. The chargesheet in the case filed in a magistrate court in Greater Noida last week has named 15 persons.