BJP worker arrested after lab report says he was carrying beef
The Nagpur Rural Police have arrested Salim Shaha, a BJP worker who was allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes earlier this week, under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act for possession of beef.
Shaha was beaten up by some people on July 12 on the suspicion that he was carrying beef. Police had said on Saturday that as per the forensic laboratory report, the meat which he was carrying that day was beef.
Superintendent of police (Nagpur Rural) Shailesh Balkawde said on Sunday that Shaha was arrested on Saturday night, and produced before Narkhed magistrate's court in the district today which sent him in police custody for one day. Police will ask for extension of his custody on Monday, the SP said, adding that a case has been registered at Jalalkheda Police Station.
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. They allegedly assaulted him on the suspicion that he was carrying beef.
Shaha's family, however, said he may not have known what he was carrying. The family was initially reluctant to talk about the forensic report, stating that it was already "in trouble".