Beef rumours: Dadri averted, police watched mob beat us, say Jaipur hotel owner, manager

The owner of Hotel Hayat Rabbani, Naeem Rabbani, who held a press conference with his staff here on Monday, said “a repeat of Dadri had been averted”

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Updated: March 22, 2017 7:45 pm
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The manager of a Jaipur hotel that was laid siege to by cow vigilantes over rumours of serving beef on Sunday night has alleged that after taking him into custody, police brought him back among the protesters “to calm them down” and he was slapped around and manhandled in police presence.

The owner of Hotel Hayat Rabbani, Naeem Rabbani, who held a press conference with his staff here on Monday, said “a repeat of Dadri had been averted”. Police, which reached the hotel in Sindhi Camp a few minutes after the crowd surrounded it, has said that the meat they seized appeared to be “chicken legs”, and it had been sent for testing to the forensic lab to placate tempers. However, hours after the incident, Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty shared a message on a BJP media cell WhatsApp group saying the hotel had been sealed for “feeding beef to cows”.

At the press conference, Rabbani said that on Sundays, they prepare special chicken for their nine staff members, and it was this that the crowd had mistaken for beef. He said they never serve beef.

Kamal ‘Didi’, the national president of the ‘Rashtriya Mahila Gau Raksha Dal’, said that around 150 of them had gathered at the hotel after hearing rumours of a “beef party”. “I got a call Sunday evening of stray cows in the area, and reached there with my volunteers to send them to the government-run Hingonia cow rehabilitation centre. However, we spotted two youths throwing some garbage, which looked like beef, near the hotel,” she said. “So we caught them. Locals had also been complaining of a weekly ‘beef party’ on Sundays to us, so we suspected it to be beef.”

Qasim, 19, a native of Bihar, who works as a cleaner at the hotel, was among the two grabbed by Kamal ‘Didi’. “There is a garbage depot near the hotel and we were throwing the remains of chicken meat when some youths approached us and accused us of throwing beef. The lady in yellow (Kamal ‘Didi’) then thrashed me and they took us to the hotel,” Qasim told The Indian Express.

Waseem Ahmed, 30, who works as a manager and receptionist at the hotel, said, “The crowd of about three dozen then reached the hotel along with some four policemen and started chanting ‘Narendra Modi Zindabad’, ‘Hayat Rabbani Muradabad’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.”

Yunus Khan, 32, employed in the travel section of the hotel, who was present at the time, said, “They barged in and attacked Waseem though police tried to intervene. They were demanding that the owner of the hotel be brought before them.” Abdul Lateef, 70, who is related to the owners of the hotel and runs another eatery nearby, said, “The crowd kept yelling gau-mans (cow-meat) was being consumed at the hotel, and this attracted more and more persons.”

Officials of the Sindhi Camp police station then brought Qasim and Ahmed to the police station. “We picked them up under Section 151 of the CrPC (arrest to prevent commission of cognizable offences),” Sindhi Camp SHO Manphool Singh said, adding that “prima facie it (the sample seized) was chicken remains”.

An unnamed FIR was also lodged at the police station under IPC Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class). Later, as the crowd continued to surround the hotel, Ahmed was taken back. “There was no senior management present and since I sport a beard too, they took me to the hotel,” Ahmed says. “There, I was beaten up again by Kamal ‘Didi’ and her supporters in presence of police.”

The SHO says they took Ahmed there to get the hotel “vacated”. Rabbani told The Indian Express, “I was away in Sikar when I got to know about the incident. The entire hotel was vacated by police and sealed. All our 28 rooms were sealed. It was around 11 pm, but without letting us take any money from the guests, they made them leave the hotel… It was similar to Dadri. Kya hota agar main wahan hota (What would have happened had I been there)? You saw how angry the mob was? And how police took Waseem back to the hotel and the people attacked him?” Naeem said.

While DCP, West, Ashok Kumar Gupta had said on Sunday Rabbani had been arrested, this later proved to be wrong. Qasim and Ahmed were released on bail Monday afternoon. Rabbani’s nephew Mohammad Irshad, 27, said protesters, including local corporator Nirmala Sharma, kept demanding that he too come to the hotel though he had already reached the police station.

Sharma said they wanted to talk to the management. “For several hours, the people at the hotel did not tell us who the owners were. We just wanted them to realise what they had done,” she said. Mayor Lahoty admitted he had sent the WhatsApp message saying it was beef. “Hotel Hayat dwara gaumata ko beef khilane k dus-sahas karne par… hotel ko seize kiya gaya hai (Hotel Hayat has been seized for daring to feed beef to cows),” the message said. “I received the message so I forwarded it,” he told The Indian Express.

Defending the sealing of the hotel, Lahoty added, “The owners do not have permission to run a hotel, they do not have permission to run a restaurant, and third, waste has to be segregated in three categories and disposed of properly. But the hotel threw it openly. There was immense anger among locals at the way waste was being disposed of.” A delegation of Muslim organisations met Jaipur Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal on Monday. “I have asked them to give us a formal complaint. Based on that, we will take action,” Agarwal said.

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    Rajveer Singh
    Mar 21, 2017 at 2:32 am
    Yeh hay BJP ka India
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      ABC
      Mar 21, 2017 at 11:38 am
      Unluckily personal interests and prejudices are more valuable than country,its people and development issues.
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        mumbai
        Mar 21, 2017 at 6:09 am
        Who is powerful? RSS? or ISIS?
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          ashok s
          Mar 21, 2017 at 1:29 am
          Avoid meat products , stay healthy . csterol is main cause of gastro cardiovascular diseases . take care
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            Tushar
            Mar 21, 2017 at 1:58 am
            Curd ,paneer,and other mithais too harms body a lot
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              Tushar
              Mar 21, 2017 at 2:04 am
              Let them Do it ..more and more .and let the people realize the inefficiency incapability Nd lt;br/gt;Destruction of law and order ... Let the people realize the way they give importance to animal more than a fellow humans those who were beaten up ..let the people realize the intolerance and loss of peace happening n the country due to this thugs ..and Let them kick them out n coming election
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                IslamForFoools
                Mar 21, 2017 at 1:42 am
                Burn thta building
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                  atal
                  Mar 21, 2017 at 1:19 am
                  The mob was let away and the victim booked....what type of law and order? . In Dadri we saw a union minister pay respect to the murder accused who was draped in an Indian Flag, the victim in that case was a father of a defense personnel.
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                    Chetan More
                    Mar 21, 2017 at 6:37 am
                    indian muslims should inculcate vegetarianism in their lifestyle. they live in fertile india not deserts of arabia. Indian muslims should not insutionalize animal slaughter in the name of culture and religion.
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                      Chetan More
                      Mar 21, 2017 at 7:28 am
                      vegetarianism is clean and indicative of a step towards better culture and civilization. to all those critical of me. try eating raw cow goat like tomato and you know what i mean
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                        Dr.Damodar Biswal
                        Mar 21, 2017 at 7:46 am
                        All rumour mongers should be firmly dealt with.
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                          Dr Siddiqui
                          Mar 21, 2017 at 1:58 am
                          Received and forwarded message?..lt;br/gt;(Happily no charges.)lt;br/gt;Another one slaps a poor worker lt;br/gt;(no charges)lt;br/gt;Victims charged! lt;br/gt;aulters heroes!
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                            Antony
                            Mar 21, 2017 at 5:51 am
                            Dont go by my name! I dont believe in god but believe in humanity! And i will oppose people like you who support fanatics who terrorize people in the name of religion or in the name of beef eaten by w world! you are citing history to justify the violence commited by your fellow sanghis! shame on you!
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                              Antony
                              Mar 21, 2017 at 4:10 am
                              This is the worst form of terrorism even worse than Taliban in afghanistan. people are terrorised and killed in the name of beef even with the help of police in india. UN human rights commission to take note of gross violations by BJP-RSS combine and take urgent action to prevent genocide in India! Compaign must be started to declare sanghis as terrorist organization and must be listed along with ISIS, LET, haqqani group and taliban! there must be drone strike on sanghi leaders and terror headquarters to prevent genocide in india!!!
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                                Antony
                                Mar 21, 2017 at 4:39 am
                                are you a sanghi terrorist? ! open your eyes and see what is happening in the name of cow protection! it is not division of society???
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                                  Antony
                                  Mar 21, 2017 at 6:47 am
                                  who are you to decide what others eat???? this is a democratic country and people have rights to eat what they want!!
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                                    Antony
                                    Mar 21, 2017 at 4:56 am
                                    you opened eye to kill people in the name of beef? you are worse than taliban! your place is stan not india. i will buy flight ticket to stan for you so that you can play communal games with your taliban cousins!!!
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                                      ah
                                      Mar 21, 2017 at 6:30 am
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                                        ah
                                        Mar 21, 2017 at 6:06 am
                                        HIndus should avoid WEST, they eat bee f three times a DAY ........... including TRUMP ..............
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                                          ah
                                          Mar 21, 2017 at 6:00 am
                                          Muslims start arming yourselves ............ it is better to try Self Defence instead of waiting for Police ...................... i have repeated many times there is a need for Separate Police and Army and Courts for Muslims ............. as 90% Police and Army are hindus there is no Guarantee for Safety and security ............
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                                            ah
                                            Mar 21, 2017 at 6:29 am
                                            You will be astonished if I tell you that, according to the old ceremonials, he is not a good Hindu who does not eat beef. On certain occasions he must sacrifice a bull and eat it. That is disgusting now. However they may differ from each other in India, in that they are all one — they never eat beef. The ancient sacrifices and the ancient gods, they are all gone; modern India belongs to the spiritual part of the Vedas. .................... Swami Vivekanand ..............
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