New Delhi, July 17, 2017: The Nagpur Rural police arrested Salim Ismail Shah, a Bharatiya Janata Party worker who was beaten up for allegedly carrying beef by cow vigilantes last week, under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act for possession of beef.
Shah, a member of the BJP’s unit in Katol, was brutually thrashed by four persons on July 12 who had suspected that he was carrying beef. The police had detained all four people and sent the meat Shah was carrying to a forensic laboratory.
But on Saturday, police had said that as per the forensic laboratory report, the meat which he was carrying that day was beef.
Superintendent of police (Nagpur Rural) Shailesh Balkawde told media that Shah was arrested on Saturday night, and produced before Narkhed magistrate’s court in the district on Sunday which sent him in police custody for one day.
On Saturday, Rajiv Potdar, BJP’s Nagpur rural unit president had said that Shah would be expelled from the party. “Stern action should be taken against him according to the law, but people must not take law in their own hands and resort to violence in such cases,” Potdar had said.
A video has also gone viral in which the whole incident can be observed. The video showed Shah being dragged, kicked and assaulted by the group of men. Shah had suffered injuries to his face and neck.