A day after some Delhi Police officials visited Kerala House, purportedly on receiving a complaint about beef being served in its canteen, several political leaders from Kerala held a protest on Tuesday against “police excesses”. They also brandished placards which declared: ‘Stop communal Fascism’ and ‘Down with the communal agenda’.
The actions of the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the Ministry of Home Affairs, had set a wrong precedent, said senior CPI(M) leader and politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan.
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“There are several state government houses in Delhi and if the police can go inside the houses, without taking permission for inquiries, then this is a scary trend. This is an attack on the federal structure of India,” said Vijayan.
On Monday evening, about 20 policemen had visited the canteen in Kerala House, after a leader of the Hindu Sena complained that ‘beef fry’ was being served there. The police claimed that they merely wanted to prevent any “untoward incident cause by Hindu Sena activists”.
As the controversy snowballed, canteen authorities clarified that only buffalo meat was served there. In a press release issued on Tuesday evening, Kerala House said it would resume serving buffalo meat from Wednesday.
A Sampath, MP from Kerala’s Attingal constituency, said, “If Delhi Police are so fast, then why are they not able to protect the women in the city, or poor people…”. Sampath claimed that the canteen procured meat from shops certified by the NDMC, not from slaughterhouses.
“What I cook in my kitchen, what I make my children eat, is my personal business. It is a humble request… don’t poke your nose in it,” he said.
Terming the police action as a “fascist reaction”, CPI(M) MP from Kannur P R Sreemathy said, “Coming straight to the kitchen and inquiring is a Fascist act. Food habits are different in different areas and they should be respected. The police did not follow protocol… we need an explanation from the government.”