NEW DEHLI – Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s father – Tauseef Ahmad – on Friday claimed that his family was in ‘danger’ as they were being targeted for ‘cow slaughter’, The Times of India reported.
Pacer Shami’s father said these comments 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, Tauseef Ahmad.
“My son was not even present there at the time of the incident and had reached the site only much later,” Ahmad told on Friday.
“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, he said.
“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,” he added.
Amroha district magistrate Ved Prakash confirmed that Ahmad had indeed met him 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.”
On Thursday afternoon, station officer of Didoli police station – Praveen Kumar – got a tip-off regarding a person wanted in a case of cow slaughter. When the team led by Kumar went to arrest the man, Haseeb allegedly prevented the police from doing their job and even scuffled with sub-inspector Pradeep Bhardwaj, tearing the latter’s uniform.