Senior Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into a “beef mafia” operating in Hyderabad through “illegal” slaughterhouses.
The BJP floor leader in the Telangana Assembly said the beef mafia had inter-state connections and the police could not probe all this. “The CBI can reach all these places. So, I am demanding a CBI inquiry. Because of exports, the price (of meat) for the poor is rising,” he told reporters in Hyderabad.
Reddy claimed that those who engaged in the illegal meat business in Uttar Pradesh had come to Hyderabad after the Yogi Adityanath government “curbed” their activities in the northern state. A large number of workers from Bangladesh and children from states such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are working in illegal slaughterhouses in Hyderabad, he alleged.
The BJP lawmaker said the population of cattle in Telangana stood at 56.76 lakh in 2013, but their number is dwindling fast due to the presence of illegal slaughterhouses. He said the main reason for this decline (in livestock population) was large-scale illegal slaughtering. “The meat is being exported illegally to foreign countries. Every year, approximately 50 lakh animals are being slaughtered in our state. If this continues, dairying, small and marginal farming and rural employment would be hurt,” the BJP leader added.