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Chinese Men Under Police Radar In M.P. For Allegedly Eating Beef

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SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA, INDIA - 2016/05/17: A man sells beef at Iewduh Bazar in Shillong, Meghalaya. Lewduh, also known as Bara Bazar, is a bustling marketplace in Shillong that earns immense popularity as one of the biggest and oldest trade centres in the northeast of India. A special thing about this market is that most of the shopkeepers are women from local villages. An array of things is on sale here, including seasonal vegetables, fruits, exotic spices and handicrafts. (Photo by Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Opposition to eating beef in India is being taken to newer levels by the day. According to a Times Of India report, the police are keeping a watch on Chinese nationals working for the Sasan Power Project in Singrauli district in Madhya Pradesh, after reports that they had consumed beef.

A canteen employee has been arrested in the case and four people have been booked under the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act.

About 65 kilos of meat, suspected to be beef, was seized from a private canteen and has been sent for a lab test.

Denying that the Chinese nationals were employees of Sasan Power, company officials said that they were associated with Chinese firms that were setting up infrastructure in the district. According to the TOI report, guidelines issued to the Chinese nationals clearly stated that beef consumption was not permitted.

The arrested canteen employee has told the police that he had been bringing meat from Chhattisgarh for the past year for seven Chinese men working in Sasan.

The police came to know about the allegations when some Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists reportedly received a tip-off that beef was being transported to Singrauli.

The TOI report also says that VHP activists are not satisfied with the arrest and have threatened massive protests if stringent action is not taken.

"Beef trade is illegally continuing for years. Accused has also confessed to the crime and named a Chinese official. No guilty should be spared," Rajbahadur, leader of VHP's Singrauli unit told ToI.

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