Lucknow, Aug 1: An angry mob on Saturday attacked on a house of a Muslim family on suspicion of cow slaughter. The Dadari like incident took place in Kadali village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Zeeshan Qureshi, who managed to escape with his family before the mob arrived at his house, was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

Rumour that Zeeshan Qureshi slaughtered a cow spread like a wildfire in Kadali village after a villager apparently saw traces of blood in his house. A mob of over hundred people gathered and attacked Zeeshan’s house. Zeeshan managed to flee to safety with his family before the mob could repeat the Dadri lynching episode. (ALSO READ: Dadri case: FIR filed against Mohammed Akhlaq family, ‘cow slaughter’ charges levelled against them)

Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar, who denied the report that the mob vandalised Zeeshan’s house, said that meat recovered from his house appears to be beef. “It appears that Zeeshan slaughtered a cow because we recovered meat which seems like cow meat. Besides we recovered a calf and a sharp knife,” Kumar was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against Zeeshan’s wife Sehnaaz and his cousins Saddam on Moota under the Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Prevention Act. The police pacified the protesters by promising strict legal action against the accused. No action has been taken against the protesters who allegedly tried to set Zeeshan’s house on fire.