Four Kashmiri students arrested for allegedly cooking beef at hostel

Soon after some students as well as locals assembled in front of the Mewar University and demanded action against them.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Chittorgarh | Updated: March 17, 2016 5:41 am
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Police arrested four Kashmiri students in Chittorgarh on Tuesday for disturbing public order, a day after they were involved in a scuffle with some locals, who alleged they had cooked beef in their hostel room.

Police said the meat did not appear to be beef. A Mewar University official said they have a policy against cooking or serving non-vegetarian food on campus.

The four students — Shakib Ashraf, Hilal Farukh, Mohammad Maqbool and Shaukat Ali — were released on bail Wednesday after being presented before the magistrate. The students were also charged with assaulting a journalist and damaging his equipment.

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“It was a preventive arrest. We had to arrest them because they were resisting interrogation. There is no case against them regarding the meat as prima facie the meat was not beef. It was not even any other prohibited meat. We are fairly certain about that. But since we are not experts, we have sent it for forensic testing,” Chittorgarh SP P K Khamesara told The Indian Express.

Khamesara denied local reports that the students had been beaten up. “In fact, the students beat up a journalist who has filed a police complaint. The journalist has filed a case against unknown Kashmiri students for assault. But he has not named anyone. We are yet to investigate that so that has nothing to do with the arrest,” he said.

The students were arrested Tuesday morning and spent the night inside the lock up at Gangrar police station, police sources said. Monday night’s scuffle happened after some locals alleged that the students were cooking beef in their hostel room. The university has about 700-800 students from J&K, many of whom gathered as word spread.

Some right-wing groups also reached the university and raised slogans against the administration, according to local news reports. Police subsequently brought the situation under control.

“We have students from 23 states. It is like a mini India. Sometimes, these small scuffles happen because people are from different socio-cultural backgrounds,” the university’s media liaison officer Harish Gurnani said. “We have a policy against cooking and serving non-vegetarian food inside university premises. But the police is investigating the matter. Initial probe has found the meat was not beef,” he said.

 

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    Jai Kumar
    Mar 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    For Sanity's sake a man has a right to what he eats in the privacy of his home . This is over the top . Even in Dubai you can buy and eat pork in your place . Have we gone bonkers
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      Adrian Akau
      Mar 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm
      The strict beef law has turned people insane for even suspecting beef possession or cooking. Perhaps insanity over beef is the intention of this law.
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        ams
        Mar 17, 2016 at 2:12 am
        In a democratic country, Govt has absolutely no right to tell people what to eat or not.
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          SUNNY
          Mar 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm
          hitler raj MODI U R DAYS A NUMBERED
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            alvi
            Mar 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm
            most of the hindus eat and export beef. samjhe
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              mark
              Mar 17, 2016 at 10:17 am
              What kind of country India is becoming. We have police in our food, we have police in our speech, we have police who decides whom we can love and whom we can not, and worst of all, we have thought police. And all because we voted for BJP.
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Mar 17, 2016 at 6:35 am
                You BJP people and the BJP govt. is doing nothing except raising trivial issues like beef and temples. Time to abandon you.
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                  Biltu
                  Mar 16, 2016 at 11:38 am
                  WELCOME TO SAUDI INDIA.
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