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'Cow slaughter' charge being used to target my family: Cricketer Md Shami's father

India TV News Desk 16 Jan 2016, 14:00:08 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Father of Mohammad Shami, Indian cricket team's fast bowler, has claimed that his family was in ‘danger' as they were being targeted for ‘cow slaughter'.
  
Accordiong to a report published in Times of India, Shami's father Tauseef Ahmad's comments came  a day after his son Mohammad Haseeb was arrested and later released on bail for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty. Haseeb was also accused of 'pressuring cops' to release a few men arrested on charges of cow slaughter.

“My son was not even present there at the time of the incident. He reached the site much later,” Tauseef Ahmad told TOI.

“He (Haseeb) was just an onlooker. It is just that a few people 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 a month ago. 

The arrest is a result of that. A term like 'cow slaughter' is being used to target us,” he further added.

Ved Prakash, Amroha district magistrate was quoted by TOI as saying that Ahmad had met him indeed a month ago. 

"It is true he had met me with a complaint that someone was threatening his family on phone. But he did not mention who his tormentors were," he said.

The report further says that Station officer of Didoli, Praveen Kumar, on Thursday got a tip-off about a person who was needed in a cow slaughter case.

When Kumar's team went to the site to arrest the man, Haseeb allegedly did not let the police to do their job and even scuffled with sub-inspector Pradeep Bhardwaj.
 
Police then arrested Haseeb and filed charges against him.