Almost three months after the Uttar Pradesh police booked the family of Mohammad Akhlaq from Bishahra village for cow slaughter, officials investigating the case have concluded that there was no evidence to prove that a cow was ever slaughtered by Akhlaq and his family.
According to highly placed sources in the U.P. police, investigations in the case, conducted over two months, have not yielded any proof. The police is likely to close the case and file a closure report in the Surajpur Court.
In July, the court had ordered an FIR against Akhlaq, his family and his younger brother Jan Mohammad and his daughter-in-law under the U.P. Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.
Akhlaq Ahmed Saifi or Mohammad Akhlaq was brutally beaten and lynched by his neighbours in Bishahra village in Dadri on September 28, 2015 over rumours that he and his family had stored and eaten beef.
The family had also alleged that a fabricated case of cow slaughter was registered only to pressurise the victims and neutralise Akhlaq’s murder case in which 18 accused, including Vishal Rana, son of local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, were arrested. Framing of charges in the murder case is scheduled later his month.