In a new twist in the September 2015 Dadri lynching incident, a forensic report has claimed that the meat found in Mohammad Akhlaq's house was beef and not mutton, said sources on Tuesday.
Uttar Pradesh Police had sent the meat samples to a forensic laboratory in Mathura for testing which has reported that the meat belonged to "cow or its progeny".
Interestingly, in an initial report by a government veterinarian had claimed that the meat was from a goat.
Then a report sent to the Home Ministry by the UP government mentioned that Akhlaq and his son Danish were attacked by some unidentified people over unconfirmed allegations of having consumed "pratibandhit pashu ka maans" (meat of an animal banned from slaughter).
The incident sparked state wide protest and took a communal turn forcing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge people to maintain harmony and peace.
"Hindus and Muslims should work together to fight poverty and not against each other. The country has to stay united. Only communal harmony and brotherhood will take the nation forward," Modi had said.