PMO pulls up Delhi police over Kerala House beef raid, VHP demands strong

Delhi: While the BJP on Tuesday claimed that there was nothing wrong in police entering the Kerala House in Delhi to raid for beef, PMO has reportedly pulled up the Delhi police for today’s actions.

According to a report on CNN-IBN, PMO has asked why such a large team of 20 policemen was sent for raid over beef at Kerala House. Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi said that action followed after the FIR was filed.

The BJP on Tuesday said there was nothing wrong in police entering the Kerala House in Delhi on a complaint that it was serving beef as the state government guest house does not have any diplomatic immunity. It termed the protest over police entering Kerala House as an attempt to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party led NDA government at the Centre.

The party also wanted Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to apologise for “distorting facts” of the incident to join hands with other political leaders to target the NDA government and the Prime Minister.

“The incident has nothing to do with beef. Police have gone to the Kerala House after they received a call regarding an altercation between a group of people and Kerala House staff,” BJP State President V Muraleedharan said.

Delhi Police commissioner also convened a meeting with DCP, New Delhi and Special CP (Law and Order) in the capital on the matter.

The Kerala government had earlier dismissed the charges that beef curry was served and has, in turn, 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 House in the national capital.

Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson has categorically denied that cow meat was served at Kerala House and said they will wait for “police action” in the wake of their complaint over the incident. “I totally deny that cow meat was served in canteen of Kerala House. Only buffalo meat is served,” Thomson said.

VHP on Tuesday demanded strong action against those behind the alleged serving of beef in Kerala House in the national capital. VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain also termed as a “deep conspiracy” to include ‘Beef’ in the menu of Kerala’s state guest house and writing it in Malayalam while all other items were listed in English.

“VHP demands strong action against serving beef in Kerala House,” he said, and demanded action against all those who prevented Delhi Police from taking samples from the mess.

“It is very condemnable and illegal to include ‘beef’ in the menu of a government mess and written in Malayali while all other items served there are listed in English,” Jain said.

The VHP leader also said beef across the world is known as ‘cow meat’ and listing it in the menu of a government mess is “mischievous”. The outfit also condemned leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly V Achutanandan’s alleged comments in assembly that hurt Hindu sentiments.

A political row broke out over Delhi Police entering the state-run Kerala House on a complaint that it serves beef with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy condemning the “raid” as “unfortunate”, which was also backed by his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.