Test confirms Maharashtra BJP worker was carrying beef

Test confirms Maharashtra BJP worker was carrying beef

The Muslim man with links to the BJP who was thrashed by alleged cow vigilantes in Maharashtra's Nagpur district four days ago was carrying beef, police have said. "Now that the test confirmed that he was carrying beef, the party has made a decision 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 reports were realised, he was presented in the court where he was granted a bail. "It wasn't beef but mutton, I told them, but they still beat me".

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

Police will initiate further action against Shaha in accordance with the law, he said.

The incident took place when Shaha while returning home was stopped in Bharsingi village by 4 men who assaulted him and left unconscious by the road side, later found by the police.

Part of BJP minority cell, Salim Ismail Shah was suspected of carrying beef when Moreshwar Tandulkar, along with Ashwin Uike, Rameshwar Taywade and Janardan Chaudhary carried out the attack on him. The Nagpur (rural) unit president of the BJP, Rajiv Potdar, had said Shaha would be dismissed from the party.

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

Police arrested four men for the assault and later identified them as workers of Prahar Sanghatana organisation of Bachchu Kadu, an independent MLA from Achalpur in Amravati district. "Action will be taken as per law against Ismail Shah", he added.

While the police said the violence had started after a quarrel over seats, the teen, his brother and friends had allegedly been called "beef-eaters" by their attackers.