BJP worker beaten up in Nagpur was carrying beef: Forensic report

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

The meat sample collected from Saleem Ismail Shah (32), the head of BJP's minority cell in Katol division, who was beaten and injured by four unknown persons within the jurisdiction of Jalalkheda police station, about 70 km from Nagpur, has been confirmed to be "beef" by a forensic lab, sources said here today. After the beating up incident, samples of the meat that Shaha was carrying were sent for forensic analysis.

Confirming the development, Shailesh Balkawde, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural area) said that the lab report by the forensic department has "positively" identifies the seized meat as beef.

After the reports were realised, he was presented in the court where he was granted a bail.

"It's shocking that Mr.Salim Shah was, in fact, carrying beef".

Police will initiate further action against Shaha in accordance with the law, he said. A video of him being kicked and punched and dragged on the road had been widely circulated on social media.

Part of BJP minority cell, Salim Ismail Shah was suspected of carrying beef when Moreshwar Tandulkar, along with Ashwin Uike, Rameshwar Taywade and Janardan Chaudhary carried out the attack on him.

The BJP had claimed that he was carrying "mutton" and the whole incident was a "conspiracy" to defame the party.

"He (Shah) would be dismissed from the party". It was learnt that he was a BJP member only a day after the attack. "No one has the right to take the law into one's hands".

While the police said the violence had started after a quarrel over seats, the teen, his brother and friends had allegedly been called "beef-eaters" by their attackers.

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