GN Bureau | October 27, 2015
Kerala government has dismissed the charges that beef curry was served at Kerala House in Delhi. The Kerala government has filed a complaint over entry of activists without permission. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi while MPs from the state staged protest outside Kerala Bhawan in the national capital. Chandy also called inquiries made by the Delhi Police into Kerala House's beef procurement illegal and unlawful. Police officials had questioned Kerala House and canteen staff on where the meat was being sourced from. "Kerala house is where all the ministers and government officials stay. Delhi Police should not have entered the premises. The raids were wrong. This is not a commercial establishment," he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has reacted strongly to the allegations that his force had conducted an illegal raid at Kerala House in Delhi over allegations that beef was being served at a restaurant operating there.
“We had received a PCR call that beef is being served at Kerala Bhavan, following which our officers went there and made inquiries...They were told that nothing of this sort was being done. Thereafter our police officers gave instructions to security staff of Kerala House to keep an eye for any mischief,” Bassi said. “Were well within our rights to make inquiries, nothing illegal done, whenever such call received we've no option but to conduct inquiry,” he said, adding that the police acted according to law under Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act,1994.
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