Meat samples were changed before Mathura lab test: Akhlaq’s son

New Delhi: The family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched to death by a mob in Bisara for alleged cow slaughter on Tuesday, alleged that the meat sample was changed before it was sent to Mathura laboratory for test.

Mohammad Sartaz, eldest son of Mohammad Ikhlaq, said that the original sample of meat weighed only 2kg and the one sent to Mathura lab weighed around 5kg.

Sartaj said he would move to Allahabad High Court seeking quashing of FIR against Akhlaq and six other members of his family on charges of cow slaughter.

“The meat seized from near my house was not handled properly by the police team. There is also some confusion over the meat seized and the one sent for laboratory test. We have demanded further probe into the murder case of my father. Police should probe facts related to the recovery of the meat,” said Sartaj.

Sartaj said his family was being treated as criminals instead of victims.

A local court on July 14 had directed the police to lodge an FIR against the members of Mohammad Akhlaq’s family.

Lawyer of Akhlaq’s family, Mohammad Asad Hayat said, “Police did not seal the box when they collected the meat. It was sent to the district veterinary department, which had in its report said it was mutton. The department had sent a plastic box to the police, but the police sent the sample in a jar to the Mathura lab, which said the sample was beef,” he said.

Akhlaq was lynched by his neighbours in Dadri last September over rumours that he and his family had eaten beef.

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