The Nagpur Rural Police have arrested Salim Shaha, a BJP worker who was allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes earlier this week, under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act for possession of beef. He has been sent to police custody for a day.
Shah, was aggressively beaten by "Gaurakshaks" on Wednesday with allegations of carrying beef. Shaha (34), a resident of Katol town in Nagpur district, was returning home on his motorcycle when a group of five or six men accosted him at a bus stop in the Bharsingi village on July 12. His family has contended that he might not have known that the meat was beef.
Part of BJP minority cell, Salim Ismail Shah was suspected of carrying beef when Moreshwar Tandulkar, along with Ashwin Uike, Rameshwar Taywade and Janardan Chaudhary carried out the attack on him. "I kept telling them that it was mutton and not beef", said Shah. "He would be dismissed from the party", he was quoted as saying by PTI.
The BJP was forced to change its stance after the forensic report confirmed that the meat was beef. "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.
Police arrested four men for the assault and later identified them as workers of Prahar Sanghatana organisation of Bachchu Kadu, an independent MLA from Achalpur in Amravati district.
While the party called it a "stray" episode, its ally Shiv Sena and others, including the opposition Congress and NCP, have condemned the incident. "Action will be taken as per law against Ismail Shah", he added.