Kerala: Thoughtless, barbaric says Rahul Gandhi after Youth Congress leaders slaughter calf

Kerala: The killing was in protest against Centre’s decision to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter

Written by Shaju Philip , Manoj C G | Thiruvananthapuram/new Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 9:13 am
kerala, kerala calf killing, kerala congress, kerala calf slaughter, calf slaughter, rahul gandhi kerala congress, congress calf killing, india news, indian express news “What happened in Kerala yesterday was thoughtless, barbaric & completely unacceptable to me & the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident,” Rahul tweeted on Sunday night on his official handle (Source: File Photo)

Hours after Kerala police registered a case against some Youth Congress activists on the charge of slaughtering a male calf during a protest on Saturday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called the act “thoughtless, barbaric & completely unacceptable”. The alleged slaughter was in protest against the central government’s decision to ban the sale and purchase of cattle in animal markets for slaughter.

Acting on a complaint by the Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP, the police said a case was registered against Youth Congress Kannur mandal president Rajeel Makkutty and others. The Youth Congress workers reportedly brought the calf in a small truck, skinned it and distributed the meat for free among local people. While the Youth Congress on Sunday denied any involvement, the party’s central leadership in Delhi did not want to be associated with the act.

“What happened in Kerala yesterday was thoughtless, barbaric & completely unacceptable to me & the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident,” Rahul tweeted on Sunday night on his official handle @OfficeOfRG. When Abhishek Singhvi was asked in Delhi about a purported video on the slaughter — in which several men were seen shouting Youth Congress zindabad — the Congress spokesperson said if anyone had violated any law, the law would deal with them and the Congress will not support them.



The video is being circulated by BJP workers and has been uploaded on the official Twitter handle @kummanam of Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan. Singhvi, who called the slaughter a “condemnable thing”, said: “I don’t believe what the BJP is saying…. What if they are not connected with the Congress. It is yet to be proved and we cannot take the matter forward at this stage.” He added that if any Congress worker has indulged in “such a condemnable thing”, the Congress will not stand in his support.

“If there is a law, if there is a rule, if there is an enactment, there is no question of anyone from the Congress or otherwise violating that law. And if any law is violated, the Congress has never stood in support of that person… With that, I must add that at the moment, apart from an insinuation and innuendo by the BJP, there is absolutely no material to suggest that it was a Congress person. Certainly if it is a Congress person who is found to be violating the law, we don’t support it…. But then whether it is a Congress person…. has to be checked,” he said. The Youth Congress issued a statement, saying the outfit does not support cruelty against animals in any form.

Referring to the video, it said the people who slaughtered cattle were from slaughterhouses, and not the Youth Congress, but “we shall probe the matter (to find out) if any of our office-bearers is involved”. Kerala BJP state president Rajasekharan said the public slaughter showed the savagery of the Congress workers. Have the Youth Congress workers become butchers, he asked.

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    lakshmi das
    May 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    1. M
      May 29, 2017 at 11:58 am
      By these type of senseless acts, Congress and Communist parties and Muslim league is playing into the hands of BJP so that Modi-Shah-Kummanam can start polarizing Kerala also like they have successfully done in other parts of the country. Most stupid of these ic non-BJP parties.
      1. T
        May 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm
        If such stupid acts by fringe elements can polarize Kerala then all that education (and enlightenment) for which the state is known is nothing but BS!
      2. V
        May 29, 2017 at 11:43 am
        Pappu should understand in kerala and rest of india, now you should follow what fringe elements says because your appea t for certain section of society was gone beyond your control. Itis same like stan, feeded and founded to Taliban because of their selfish benefit has totally gone beyond their control, and now Taliban has taken control of stan as now congress party was now controlled by fringe elements for certain section of society.
        1. A
          May 29, 2017 at 11:27 am
          Pappu never used the " barbaric " word when a poor farmer was beaten to death by gaurakshaks Taliban ! What a hypocrite!!
          1. M
            May 29, 2017 at 11:26 am
            I am sure a large majority of people of different faiths in Kerala will condemn the barbaric acts done by useless youth congress leaders. They are competing with another set of useless leaders from CPM and BJP. All three put together, every second week there is a hartal in Kerala. But pioneers, in this field and many other undesirable practices, are the most terrible party called CPM (communists). They say and do everything in the name of democracy. Once they get the power, they turn into a fascist Govt. overnight whether it is in Kerala, China or North Korea or old Soviet Union. Most difficult and fanatic party on earth, worse than Islamists.
            1. C
              May 29, 2017 at 11:24 am
              Bodybuilder Hanu man used to eat chicken to build his body. Is there any proof that lord shiv do not eat meat. So there is nothing wrong in eating beef.
              1. R
                Rabi Mishra
                May 29, 2017 at 11:19 am
                With more than 50 Hindu population in Kerala this ghastly act of buthchering an ox in public and cook and eat its meat in pblic shall have serious repurcussions. Rahul must remove all the youth congress workers ociated in this from the Party otherwise he will face the music. It is not surprising that the beef-eating Sonia is still mum.
                1. K
                  May 29, 2017 at 11:18 am
                  Results of kite flying by congress is out. Rahul admits defeat.
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