Noida: An FIR has been filed against the family members of Mohammed Akhlaq on instructions of a local court. Charges of ‘cow slaughter’ have been levelled against the kin of deceased Akhlaq. The court in Greater Noida on Thursday ordered an FIR against Akhlaq's family, based on a petition filed by villagers.
Samples of meat had also been seized from a refrigerator in Akhlaq's house, but forensic tests reportedly concluded it was mutton. Cow slaughter is a crime in Uttar Pradesh. Police said the meat was sent for testing only to establish the motive behind Akhlaq's killing. Akhlaq was lynched by a mob in Bisada village in September 2015 over rumours that he had killed a calf and eaten its meat. A few people in the village are under in the case.
Based on the forensic report of the meat sample found outside his house, Bisada resident Surajpal Singh (65) had filed the complaint in the court on June 9, seeking registration of an FIR.