The meat in Akhlaq’s fridge was of goat and not cow as the right-wing mob, VHP leader Prachi and many RSS sympathiser journalists in Indian media had argued to justify the murder of 52-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri.
The victim’s family had denied ever storing beef in their fridge. The state government’s decision to send the meat for forensic test, which has now proved precisely that, was widely criticised.
On 28 September, soon after Akhlaq was murdered allegedly by an enraged Hindu mob, mostly belonging to local BJP leader’s family, the police had collected a sample of the meat from his house in Bisada and sent it to a vet for preliminary testing. These tests had suggested it was mutton, but the police chose to be doubly sure and sent the sample to a lab in Mathura for a conclusive test. And that report had also confirmed it was mutton, Times of India quoting a top government official reported.
Everybody except those who supported this murder felt that the police need not have sent the meat for any test, because whether it was mutton or beef had little bearing on the crime. In fact, there was no mention of beef in the FIR the police filed.