BJP ultimatum over ‘beef’ at AMU, university says buffalo meat

The V-C also called up the BJP MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, over the issue.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:February 21, 2016 4:30 am
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BJP leaders in Aligarh gave the police an ultimatum on Saturday to take action within 24 hours against what they claimed was “beef biryani” being allegedly served in the canteen of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College on campus at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Local BJP leaders led by the mayor of Aligarh, met the SP (City) on Saturday to file a complaint and seek a probe into the allegations. The university has said that the biryani contained only buffalo meat, and rejected the allegations as “vicious” and “an attempt to whip up communal passion”.

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A controversy erupted after a picture was circulated on WhatsApp on Friday, allegedly showing a board displaying the menu at the medical college canteen, which included the item “beaf biryani”. The canteen is situated inside the medical college, and caters only to students.

Following the circulation of the picture in the city, AMU officials rushed to the canteen and had the board pulled down. They denied allegations that cow meat was being served in the canteen, and said that only buffalo meat was used in the biryani.

“There is not an iota of truth in the allegation. We never used prohibited meat,” Rahat Abrar, AMU PRO said.

Mayor Shakuntala Bharti, who belongs to the BJP, however, alleged the biryani contained cow meat, and that the menu board had separate entries mentioning biryani and beef biryani. “We have submitted a complaint to SP City, Aligarh, seeking probe and subsequent action into the matter. When cow meat and cow slaughter is banned, how can it be served in AMU? The board was removed within 15 minutes,” Bharti said.

She also said, “We have served an ultimatum of 24 hours to either take action or we will take the matter ahead.”

In a statement issued on Saturday evening, AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah said, “The allegations by BJP Mayor Shakuntala Bharti are vicious and an attempt to whip up communal passion. Only buffalo meat is served in AMU and we will never violate national sentiments in this regard.”

The V-C also called up the BJP MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, over the issue.

University proctor Prof M M Khan told The Sunday Express, “It is a non-issue, but an issue was created by some people. From the outset, it is very clear that only buffalo meat is used in the university. Even then, we have framed certain guidelines now on displaying the menu card.”

As per the new guidelines, only generic words like ‘biryani’ or ‘korma’ will be used, without mentioning the type of meat, on the menu board. “Why create a controversy over a non-existent issue?” Prof Khan said. AMU officials stressed that the reference to ‘beef’ in the menu was to buffalo meat. “No one can even think of any other meat in India, but it has been made into an issue,” the proctor said.

AMU officials also said cow meat has been banned in AMU since 1884. “In fact, (AMU founder) Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had even appealed to Muslims to shun cow slaughter during Bakrid, and when the Muslims of Bareilly followed his advice, he thanked them,” Rahat Abrar said.

He also said that the contract of the canteen’s contractor is running out on February 23.

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  1. S
    Feb 21, 2016 at 5:43 am
    Advice to Hindutva groups : Don't make life difficult for your own PM at centre. Protect insutions with your life. Beef on campus is a sensitive issue, that should not be a priority for you. You should quietly inform the University office and District administration that allegations of beef are circulating, and they should address it quickly, and also offer your help to avoid conflagration . Protect insutions, don't destroy them over petty issues ...
    1. R
      Feb 21, 2016 at 5:47 am
      Seems Meat issue is the reason for attacking insutions and people.
      1. R
        Feb 21, 2016 at 5:50 am
        Why BJP cadres rake up meat issue quite often? Seems they do not have any other agenda to deal with.
      2. R
        Feb 21, 2016 at 5:45 am
        Why the issue of Meat is so important as it appears in media quite often? Seems the govt is determined to keep the issue than any body else.
        1. A
          Feb 21, 2016 at 3:10 am
          Just the thing BJP is good at. Raising up non issues and diverting the attention away from the real issues. If they are seriously concerned about Cow's then they should stop the killing and export of beef. But the real fact is that they are not concerned about cows, they are only concerned will raking up communal tension with miniorties
          1. R
            Feb 21, 2016 at 3:07 am
            Bus khane mat do...becho khoob aur export karo itna ki hua number 1 india in exports. Muh mein ram ram bagal mein churi
            1. D
              Dr. Mujahid
              Feb 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm
              BJP's Thinking reflects: Only BJP Leaders are Nationalist and Patriotic in India, other Political Parties leaders and all citizens living in the country are anti-nationalist. Only BJP Leaders have right to live in this Loving Country. Other Political Parties and citizens are not belonging to this country. What BJP has forgotten and don't know the meaning of: It's Election Agenda, Development of the country, Consution of the country, Meaning of Authority, Education. What BJP know: How to create communal issues, how to break communal pion of various communities living in harmony in India. I request to BJP Leaders please learn something from illiterate people living in most backward rural areas in this loving nation. Thanking you.
              1. T
                Feb 21, 2016 at 4:06 am
                Nationalis is nothing but majority communalism in disguise
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