Kerala Bhavan Beef Row: Second Right-Wing Activist Arrested, Chandy Writes To PM Again

29/10/2015 10:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA OCTOBER 28: Citizen Rights Foundation Members Protest against BJP Goverment and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Intervention on attack on Citizen Right to Eat and Delhi Police Search for Beef in Kerala House Canteen at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.(Photo by Chandradeep Kumar/India Today Group/Getty Images

NEW DELHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- A day after arresting Hindu Sena chief Vishu Gupta, Delhi Police today nabbed his aide Mohit Rajput for breaching peace and tranquility by calling police claiming that cow meat was being served at Kerala Bhawan canteen.

Rajput (25), a resident of Laxmi Nagar in East Delhi, was detained this morning at Connaught Place police station. He was arrested later in the day.

Rajput and Gupta were later produced before a court here which sent them to four-day judicial custody, police said.

"The accused have been booked under Sections 107/151 of CrPC," said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal.

Rajput and Gupta allegedly went to Kerala House on a "tip-off" that cow meat was being served in its canteen.

Rajput even entered into an argument with the staff there and reported the matter to Gupta. It was the latter who called up the police control room to report the matter.

When a police team was sent there, their claims turned out to be false as it was buffalo meat on the menu. Both Rajput and Gupta have been arrested under the same CrPC sections, police said.

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Citizen Rights Foundation Members Protest against BJP government and PM Modi for intervention in Kerala House canteen beef row.

Meanwhile, under attack for "breach of protocol" in connection with the Kerala House episode, Delhi Police has issued a circular asking officials to contact the Resident Commissioners of state bhavans, in case of situations requiring preventive action.

The circular issued by the Delhi police yesterday noted that the officials who went enquiring for beef at Kerala House here "did not establish liaison with the Resident Commissioner or his representative, while securing the place and making enquiries".

The circular, signed by Senior Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) further stated, "Henceforth, whenever any occasion/situation arises and preventive or other action is required at any of the state bhavans, efforts should also be made to contact the Resident Commissioner or his representative."

"Where delay can result in any commission of crime or escalate law and order problem or damage to life and property, appropriate legal action should be initiated without any delay.

"In such situations, assistance of the Resident Commissioner or his representative should be obtained at the first opportunity," the circular added.

The communication was issued hours after the Hindu Sena chief was detained, and later arrested, yesterday, said a senior official.

Chandy Writes Second Letter To PM

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today wrote his second letter in three days to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Kerala House 'raid' episode pointing out legal violation by Delhi police and maintained that the state would resort to legal action if it did not receive a satisfactory reply from the Centre.

The state views the act of Delhi Police, who raided the state-run guest house on October 26, "as one of total disregard of niceties and refinement by the police which is controlled by the Centre in a constitutionally federal structure," he said.

The Chief Minister maintained in the letter that the state would resort to legal action if it did not receive a satisfactory reply from the Centre.

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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Parliament House.

The Congress-led UDF government had yesterday threatened to take legal action over police 'raid' at Kerala House on complaints of cow meat being served there, if the "mistake" was not admitted, and said it had affected Centre-State relations.

"We are waiting for the reply from the Centre," Chandy said while speaking at a meet-the-press programme here earlier in the day.

"I came to know that the Centre has taken a serious view of the incident. The Home Secretary has sought information from the Delhi Police Commissioner and Kerala House Resident Commissioner," Chandy said.

He said Delhi police's explanation that they only did their duty and carried out an inspection in accordance with law was not acceptable to the state.

To a question, Chandy said that cow slaughter was not an issue in the state. "There are many persons who consume cow meat. Similarly there are persons who do not consume it. But, no one in the state hurt the feelings of other persons over issues like this," he said.

Chandy said BJP's "communal agenda" would not succeed in Kerala, as "securalism is embedded in people in the state."

Slamming the "raid", Chandy had on October 27 shot off a letter to Modi terming the episode "highly objectionable".

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