Cow slaughter’ Being Used to Target Us: Shami’s Dad

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Allahabad: Tauseef Ahmad, Shami’s father on late Friday said his family was in “danger” and that the emotive issue of “gau hatya” was being used to target them. “My son was not even present there at the time of the incident and had reached the site only much later,” Ahmad told.

“He (Haseeb) was just an onlooker like so many others who had gathered there. He was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy. It is just that a few persons are nurturing enmity with our family because of the publicity we have got after Shami started playing for team India. I had reported the issue to the DM in this regard a month ago. This (the arrest) is the result of that. A term like ‘cow slaughter’ is being used to target us.”

A day after Indian pacer Mohammad Shami’s brother Mohammad Haseeb was booked he was later released on bail for allegedly assaulting a police officer and “pressuring cops” to release a few men arrested on charges of cow slaughter.

In the confusion, the accused fled the scene. Police then arrested Haseeb and filed charges against him. Asked about the incident, Kumar said, “Haseeb stopped the police vehicle which was carrying the accused wanted in the cow slaughter case, a man named Rizwan Ahmad.

When the sub-inspector and constables confronted him, Haseeb became violent. We filed an FIR against Haseeb under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 153 (promoting enmity between different groups), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension). However, on account of his ill-health, he was given bail.”

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