Kerala: Eight Youth Congress leaders, butcher held for calf-killing

The arrested persons face charges under Section 120 (a) of Kerala Police Act, sections 143, 147 and 149 of IPC and sections 3 and 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 2, 2017 5:32 am
Kerala leaders held, Kerala calf-killing incident, Kannur calf slaughter incident The Youth Congress leaders at the police station in Kannur. PTI

Eight Youth Congress leaders and a butcher were arrested on Thursday in connection with the public slaughter of a male calf in Kannur to protest against the NDA government’s notification on sale of cattle for slaughter. They were later granted bail. Among the arrested Youth Congress leaders are the organisation’s Kannur mandal president Rijil Makkutty, state general secretary Joshi Kandathil and local leader Sharafudhin Kattampally. The accused had procured a male calf, slaughtered it in a stationary truck and distributed the meat among local residents to protest against the Centre’s notification.

The arrested persons face charges under Section 120 (a) of Kerala Police Act, sections 143, 147 and 149 of IPC and sections 3 and 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Since all the offences are bailable, the accused were granted bail. Following the public slaughter, the central leadership of the Congress had tried to distance itself from the incident. “What happened in Kerala yesterday was thoughtless, barbaric & completely unacceptable to me & the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident,” party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had tweeted on his official handle @OfficeOfRG. A day later, Congress suspended Makkutty and two more Youth Congress leaders, saying that their action is “completely unacceptable” to the party.

The BJP, on its part, had slammed the Congress over the public slaughter, saying that it seemed to be willing to go to any lengths for political gains. Law Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “This is shameful and in many ways provocative.”

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    Konwar
    Jun 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    A government or a party cannot decide what to eat or not is true but equally a political party with self interest of vote bank politics cannot kill any living being to support their voice. Those who behind the slaughter in the street and those who are in support of beef eating should remember that a Muslim country or even those who slaughtered the calf cannot go and slaughter a pig in Muslim populated area. They will be in morgue. They are never tolerant in the name of Islam and comes from and heaven to support their religion and cause.......Think before you side with those beef eaters.
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      Ram
      Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
      I agree with you fully. I also want to make a note here that it is unfair to compare pig not eaten by muslims with no beef for Hindus. In case of Hindus they love and revere cows as mother due to the nutrition it gives and farm labor done by bulls, so that special status. But muslims don't eat pork because they consider it unclean and almost hate it. They don't worship pigs. So there is no sentiment attached. SO kil a cow is really a big sentimental issue. Pork is more like garlic/onion for Jains.
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