Facing a backlash over policemen entering Kerala House to probe an allegation of beef being served in the canteen, Delhi Police chief B S Bassi on Tuesday said the force may take action against the man who had lodged the “false complaint”.
“We are contemplating action against the caller under Section 182 of IPC (related to providing false information with intent to cause injury),” said Bassi.
Reading from records maintained by the police control room, Bassi identified the complainant as Vishnu Gupta — he has previously claimed to be a member of the Hindu Sena.
Bassi said Gupta went to Kerala House and claimed to have found beef listed on the lunch menu. He did not eat lunch there but claimed to have entered into a scuffle with the staff, the police chief said.
Defending the police action, Bassi said Gupta’s call to the control room was given priority because it had the potential to “disrupt harmony between communities” and could have had “disastrous consequences”, especially because of the “past record” of the caller.
“The caller was already in police’s notice because of his past record,” said Bassi.
He added that policemen were deployed outside Kerala House to take preventive action if Gupta and his associates were caught doing any “mischief”.