Beef fest row: ‘Cow vigilante’ group barges into Kerala House, Resident Commissioner seeks additional security

Beef fests as well as marches were widely organised in various parts of Kerala to protest against the Centre's recent decision to ban trade of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 6:32 pm
beef ban, cow vigilantism, BJP, Kerala house, indian express Kochi: Youth Congress organised Beef Festivals in front of Ernakulam BJP office in Kochi last Saturday. (PTI Photo)

A day after members of a “cow vigilante” group allegedly barged into Kerala House in New Delhi in order to protest against the ‘beef festivals’ organised in Kerala, its resident commissioner Vishwas Mehta on Friday sought additional security for the state guest house to protect it from “groups with vested interests.” “They suddenly came without any information. It is a political thing, institutions like Kerala House should be avoided,” Mehta was quoted as saying by ANI. “I have asked for additional protection because it is possible that certain people may try to create problems in view of ongoing controversy. We should not be dragged into this controversy. We have filed a written complaint against the protest in Kerala House,” Mehta added.

According to police, around 12-14 people entered the Kerala House in the capital around 8 pm and started distributing cow milk. The group also claimed to have belonged to ‘Bharathiya Gauraksha Kranti’. As per eyewitnesses, the group blocked the main entrance of the Kerala House and also threatened the cops when they were asked if they had any permission to organise the protest. In response, they reportedly said they “do not need any permission” and that they were working on the basis of the “dharma”.

Beef fests as well as marches were widely organised in various parts of Kerala to protest against the Centre’s recent decision to ban trade of cattle for slaughter in animal markets. Protesting the move, some Youth Congress activists also butchered a calf in full public view in the state where beef is widely consumed.

The Centre’s move is considered as a big blow for meat suppliers across the country who are already reeling under several reverses. Defending its move, the environment ministry had said in a statement that the regulation was to protect “animals from cruelty and not to regulate the existing trade in cattle for slaughter houses”.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also expressed his strong disapproval of the move, sending a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in relation to the case last week. He also castigated the BJP-led government at the centre and the RSS, saying there was no need for the people of his state to draw lessons from New Delhi or Nagpur on their food habits.

In 2015, the official guest house of Kerala in Delhi made headlines after it was raided by police following a complaint by the Hindu Sena group, who noticed “beef fry” scribbled in Malayalam on a handwritten menu upon their visit.

With PTI inputs

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    NARANAT
    Jun 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    3. Rigveda (6/17/1): “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.” 4. Rigveda (10/85/13): “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.” 5. Vashistha Dharmasutra (11/34): “If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ or worship, he goes to hell.” 6. Swami Vivekanand, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekanand, vol.3, p. 536: “You will be surprised to know that according to ancient Hindu rites and rituals, a man cannot be a good Hindu who does not eat beef”. 7. M mriti (Chapter 5 / Verse 30): “It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals, for Brahma has created both the eaters and the eatables.” 8. Maharishi Yagyavalkya in Shatpath Brahmin (3/1/2/21): “I eat beef because it is very soft and delicious.” So Modi should urgently impose a DNA test among these sanghies and himself than imposing any ban on others.
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      NARANAT
      Jun 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm
      It seems the DNA of North Indian Sanghies got corrupted by Taliban DNA after 500 years of slavery under Afghan invaders and trying to talibanize the w India. These Hindu Talibans are now teaching Hinduism to Hindus of Kerala. These fake custodians of Hinduism forgot the fact that it was Adi Shankaracharia of Kerala who revived Hinduism in North India after its death there in first century. And according to Adi Shankaracharya & many other texts of Hindu vedas, beef was used for food even by Brahmins. Its proofs are given below: 1. Adi Shankaracharya explained Brihdaranyakopanishad 6/4/18 as: ‘Odan’ (rice) mixed with meat is called ‘Mansodan’. On being asked whose meat it should be, he answers ‘Uksha’. ‘Uksha’ is used for an ox, which is capable to produce . 2. Apastamb Grihsutram (1/3/10): “The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage.” (1/2 continued....)
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        NARANAT
        Jun 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm
        1. It is a pity that the ECI & peac0ak judges of this country r above any scrutiny. 2. By showing 3 EVMs this CEC is claiming all the 15lakh EVMs r tamper proof. Whom he is trying to fool? 3. HC judges r giving verdicts in hours to support Hinduthva when their usual practice is to sit even on open-and-shut cheque cases for min 10 years. For Hundutva issue judges r even ready for midnight trails. 4. A man was lynched for goat meat, the judges were sleeping. A Govinda Swamy raped an OBC girl, judges were busy to save the rapist cause there was a "Swamy" in his last name. A dalit family & children were burned alive, judges were silent. People carry dead on shoulder, judges were enjoying. Patients r pulled by their leg no judge took suomoto. UP CM banned meat uncons utionally, judges forgot to react. But when a cow was slaughtered for food judges r panic & woke up in arms with shameless pea theories. Y only a COW can ignite fire beneath the tails of these CasteHindu peac0ak judges?
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          Gau Bhakt
          Jun 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm
          good gau raksha samiti .teach these Ravan worshipping s a good lesson!Jai Shri Ram!
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            XYZ
            Jun 3, 2017 at 1:19 am
            ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha so you believe in fairy tales like 10 headed ravan? and half monkey half man? do you believe in goldilocks and the 3 bears? red riding hood and the big bad wolf? snow white and the 7 dwarfs?
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              XYZ
              Jun 3, 2017 at 1:33 am
              read the vedas - brahmans were beefeaters
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                midas
                Jun 3, 2017 at 1:53 am
                gomedh yadnya - cow beef feast ashwamedh yadnya - horse meat feast - brahmins were exclusively eating beef -
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              C.
              Jun 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm
              So after Kashmir most unpatriotic are keralites. Army should be sent there. Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act should be declared. In fact chicken eating and dandaya playing Gujaratis should be sent to teach Keralites a lesson.
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                Lavrov
                Jun 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm
                Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee had put dings saying Congress aave che, meaning Congress is coming this elections. Some people added the line, Congress is coming after eating beef. This answer to the elections is already made by the people. Moreover, it is a matter of common sense that Pappu NRI's favorite food is beef. See online. Gujaratis will never vote for Congress after their exposé. Why will I (a staunch believer of Hindutva) vote for Beef eating Congress party?
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                  XYZ
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 1:19 am
                  who cares what you believe in?
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                  XYZ
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 2:19 am
                  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha where do you learn such drivel? ead the vedas - brahmans were beefeaters
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                    XYZ
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:33 am
                    as midas stated above - omedh yadnya - cow beef feast ashwamedh yadnya - horse meat feast - brahmins were exclusively eating beef
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                  THATHAMAN
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                  ALL THE HUNGAMA OF COW POLITICS ARE BJP AND SANGH CREATION TO DIVERT FROM TOTAL FAILURE OF NALAYAK NMODI'S 3 YEARS MISRULE AND TOTAL FAILURE EVERY TIME THEY FACE BIG FAILURE THEY DIVERTS THE ATTENTION
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                    indian man
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
                    You haven't talked about their success stories. No Govt achieved 100 percent success. Atleast Bjp did some work that is more appreciable than some failure.
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                      Lavrov
                      Jun 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm
                      @ Indian Man He is SUBBU the ghoonk
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                        XYZ
                        Jun 3, 2017 at 2:02 am
                        like what? smoke and mirrors? event management? diluting RTI to ensure that RTI activists get killed? hiding corruption? creating schisms in society? promoting fascism?
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                      sullu
                      Jun 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                      if you accept cow is your mother , why you do not accept bull as you daddy.
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                        indian man
                        Jun 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm
                        Because Bull is a relative of Donkey ,who created Islam.
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                          XYZ
                          Jun 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm
                          so we know that your mother is fourfooted; how many feet does your father have? also, the above pearl of wisdom - doubtless from your guruji golwalkar's lips?
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                          Lavrov
                          Jun 2, 2017 at 11:12 pm
                          Parsi Zoroastrians worship cow and ox.
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                            XYZ
                            Jun 2, 2017 at 11:41 pm
                            and eat beef too from cow and ox
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                              Lavrov
                              Jun 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                              Perfect miya bhi
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                            Antony
                            Jun 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm
                            It is time to get rid of these illiterate north Indian gober eating sanghi states from Indian union so that rest of the country can progress in peace without these goons . Any attack on keralites will be retaliated back in Kerala . There is no doubt on that !
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                              indian man
                              Jun 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm
                              I think it's the word of an Islamic agent who want communal riots, and not a true Kerala people.
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                                XYZ
                                Jun 2, 2017 at 11:41 pm
                                it proves that you have two braincells - one is hindutva, the other antiIslam
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