Notably, a preliminary report had earlier ruled that it was goat meat. But it does not matter whether the meat found was beef or mutton. Although cow slaughter is illegal in Uttar Pradesh, the possession of any type of meat is not. Even if the victim was found with beef, he would not have been found guilty of any crime.
More importantly, these findings do not justify the brutal murder Akhlaq suffered at the hands of a mob. As these columns have repeated time and again, no one can take the law into their own hands.
Unfortunately, with the Uttar Pradesh elections around the corner, this fact seems irrelevant to some people. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the victim's family should face charges for cow slaughter and be stripped of the benefits they were given after his killing. Such comments are highly condemnable.