At Mathura’s forensic lab, no one seemed ready to talk about the lynching of 52-year-old Mohammed Ikhlaq on suspicion of slaughtering a cow in Dadri’s Bisada village last September.
His son Danish was seriously injured while trying to save his father.
It was at this lab — situated on the premises of the veterinary college of Mathura — that four kilos of red meat seized from Ikhlaq’s home had been sent for testing in October last year.
The forensic lab is the only one in Uttar Pradesh where such a test can be carried out.
The forensic report, which was submitted in a sealed envelope to a fast track court in April, said the sample of flesh collected was beef.
Police have maintained that the report is of no use as the investigation being carried out was for murder and assault.
RK Dixit, the then in-charge of the forensic lab, had declined to comment about the sample in October last year. He was unavailable for a comment even now.
The chief veterinary officer (Mathura) Dr SK Malik said Dixit had retired.
Last year, Dixit had confirmed that the UP Police had sent a sample of meat for testing, but refused to give a time frame for confirming if the sample was of beef.
“It is a sensitive issue and we have instructions not to react to the subject,” Dixit had said in October 2015. He had admitted that teams were being formed to test the flesh. “The outcome would be conveyed to the appropriate authority and that is all we can reveal,” he had said.
Dixit, the then joint director, was due to retire on October 31, 2015.
Mukul Anand, public relations officer at the veterinary college, said till 2001, the Mathura Veterinary College was under Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Kanpur. In 2001, the college became part of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsalaya Vishwavidhalaya and Gau Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura.
The institute specialises in research on cow and holds a unique status in Uttar Pradesh.
The forensic lab, however, continues to be under the state government’s animal husbandry directorate with the joint director heading it as in-charge.