BJP leader arrested after forensic test confirms he was carrying beef

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 17, 2017

Salim Shah, a former member of the minority cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party who was beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes, was arrested today after the police determined that he was carrying beef.

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. A Nagpur magistrate court sent Salim Shaha to police custody for a day, Scroll reported. They allegedly assaulted him on the suspicion that he was carrying beef. Shaha (34), a resident of Katol town in Nagpur district, was returning home on his motorcycle when a group of five or six men accosted him at a bus stop in the Bharsingi village on July 12.

Shaha's family, however, said he may not have known what he was carrying. 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. The incident was widely condemned and a video clip of it circulated on social media. The Nagpur (rural) unit president of the BJP, Rajiv Potdar, had said Shaha would be dismissed from the party.

The BJP was forced to change its stance after the forensic report confirmed that the meat was beef.

However, the BJP had sought to play it down, calling it a "stray" incident.

The attack came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a warning to cow vigilantes, saying the violence they perpetrate is unacceptable. He was called to the police station for interrogation today.

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