BJP leader arrested after forensic test confirms he was carrying beef

A cow walks past a closed slaughter house in Allahabad

A cow walks past a closed slaughter house in Allahabad

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Salim Ismail Shah who was assaulted by cow vigilantes on Wednesday at Jalalkheda near Nagpur was carrying beef, says police. "Now that the test confirmed that he was carrying beef, the party has chose to expel him.However, we condemn the action by those who assaulted Shah as things could have taken a different course too", said Potdar. After the beating up incident, samples of the meat that Shaha was carrying were sent for forensic analysis. They allegedly assaulted him on the suspicion that he was carrying beef.

A member of the BJP's Katol unit, Mr Shaha had been attacked by a group of men last Wednesday while he was on his way home. His family has contended that he might not have known that the meat was beef. A video of him being kicked and punched and dragged on the road had been widely circulated on social media. He is likely to be arrested once he is discharged from the hospital, where he is now recuperating from the numerous injuries he received on his face and neck after being attacked by four-five men. However, the BJP worker had claimed he was carrying mutton. "He would be dismissed from the party", he was quoted as saying by PTI. "Stern action should be taken against him according to the law, but people must not resort to violence in such cases", he said.

While the party called it a "stray" episode, its ally Shiv Sena and others, including the opposition Congress and NCP, have condemned the incident. "No one has the right to take the law into one's hands". It was learnt that he was a BJP member only a day after the attack.