According to sources, a case is registered against Slim Shah Bharsingi by the police. He might be arrested once he is discharged from the hospital, where he is currently under observation for the numerous injuries he received in attacked by cow vigilantes when he was returning Amner village.
Salim was dismissed from the party by Rajiv Potdar, BJP’s Nagpur rural unit chief upon receiving confirmation from police about the results of the forensic test on the meat seized from the victim.
Salim was the president of BJP’s minority cell in Katol division in Maharashtra for last 12 years. He was thrashed with rods and sticks by a few men said to be members of Prahar Sanghatan, a fringe group that is allegedly linked to local MLA Bachchu Kadu, Shah was returning home from Amner village with 15 kg meat on his motorcycle when cow vigilantes accosted him, accused him of carrying beef and beat him up.
The incident was widely condemned and a video clip of it circulated on social media. Four people were arrested for the assault. “They got hold of me and started beating me. And they beat me so badly that I thought I was going to die. I kept telling them that it was mutton and not beef,” said Shah.
It was learnt that he was a BJP member only a day after the attack. His case may be the first instance of a registered BJP member having been roughed up by cow vigilantes.
The BJP spokesman Niranjan Shetty had played down the cow vigilante attack by calling it a stray incident. We condemn this incident, but one cannot term it a failure of law and order machinery because this is a stray incident.