Rajiv Potdar, president of Nagpur (district) unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said, "Salim's action was treated as an anti-party activity". The police on Sunday said that lab reports had revealead Salim was carrying beef and that they would initiate action against him.
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. Four people were arrested for the assault.
The BJP had claimed that he was carrying "mutton" and the whole incident was a "conspiracy" to defame the party. Condemning the attack, Potdar also maintained that people should not overlook the authority and refrain from taking the matter into their own hands. "He would be dismissed from the party", he was quoted as saying by PTI.
The attack on the man got highlighted after an onlooker filmed the assault on his phone.
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"Shah was returning home from Amner village with 15 kg meat on his motorcycle when four persons accosted him, accused him of carrying beef and beat him up", Jalakheda police station Inspector Vijaykumar Tiwari had said.
Reportedly, the lab promises to give safe results by detecting the protein in the meat sample to determine the result. As of now the kits will be only available in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and will be extended to Nashik and Aurangabad in the later stages.
The meat seized from a Muslim worker of the ruling BJP who was assaulted by self-styled cow protectors on Wednesday is beef, according to a Maharashtra state-run forensic science laboratory report. The state has already implemented a total ban on beef in Maharashtra operational for over years now.