The Jantar Mantar Road in the capital, where Kerala House is located, turned into a virtual fortress on Saturday evening as rumours started doing the rounds that a “beef fest” was going to be held there. All roads leading to Kerala House were sealed as well.
More than 50 police officers were deployed in the area from around 5 pm onwards. When contacted, Vishwas Mehta, Resident Commissioner of Kerala House, said, “We heard rumours that some people wanted to organise a beef party inside. They are probably affiliated to a political party. We don’t want any such event to be organised inside or outside Kerala House.”
This “cautionary move” of police deployment comes a few days after members of an alleged cow vigilante group barged into Kerala House protesting against the ‘beef festivals’ in Kerala. “We got a letter from Kerala House, which mentioned that there was a rumour of a beef party to be held today by members of a political party, but it wasn’t confirmed,” says B K Singh, DCP (New Delhi district).
Kerala House was in the news in 2015 as well, when Delhi Police raided its canteen after they received a complaint that beef was allegedly being served there. The Kerala government and the canteen authorities had denied the charge, saying it was buffalo meat.