Dadri, August 26: The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of the family of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was lynched to death in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh after an announcement at a local temple said that his family had consumed cow meat. However, the court refused to grant relief to Moahmmed’s brother Jan Mohammed, not granting him immunity from arrest. Six members of Akhlaq’s family faced arrest after a lab report of the meat samples taken from his home said that it was indeed cow meat. An FIR was lodged against family last month, after the results of the lab report were declared.Also Read - Election Commission’s Ban On Rallies Extended Till January 31 With Relaxations For Phase 1 And 2

An earlier report on the same meat samples taken from Akhlaq’s fridge had said that the meat had been that of a goat’s and now that of a cow. The neighbours of Akhlaq had filed an FIR against the family, saying that they had slaughtered a cow calf last September, alleging that Jan Moahmmed was seen slitting the throat of the animal. However, the family of the 55-year-old deceased had said that they had never slaughtered a cow, nor consumed any beef ever. The charges of cow slaughter against the family have once against stirred tensions in the area, barely six months before the state goes to polls in 2017.ALSO READ: Mohammed Akhlaq’s family questions authenticity of Mathura lab report Also Read - UP Elections 2022: Asaduddin Owaisi Forges Alliance With Babu Kushwaha, Bharat Mukti Morcha; Proposes 2 CMs, 3 Dy CMs Formula

Akhlaq’s killing had stirred a nation wide debate about the saffronisation of the country and intolerance towards food choices. In June, a Mahapanchayat was also held in the area, justifying the murder of Akhlaq in the name of cow protection and demanding strict action agains his family. The Panchayat said that Akhlaq and his family had insulted the Hindus and broken the law by killing the calf. The ill-fated incident had taken place last year on September 28, when a mob of about 50 people had lynched Akhlaq to death and brutally beaten his son Danish, who was later hospitalised and slipped into a coma. The traumatised family had to leave their village and settle in Delhi, where they are currently residing with Akhlaq’s older son, who is an Air Force technician. Also Read - UP Schools, Colleges To Remain Closed Till January 30 Due to COVID