The Kerala House in Delhi on Monday decided to remove buffalo meat from its menu after the Police landed up at the state guest house acting on an alleged complaint of beef being served in the canteen.
The complaint was made by a member of the right-wing Hindu Sena who said the guest house near Jantar Mantar was serving “beef curry”, said a report quoting police sources. A police team arrived at Kerala House around 4pm and stationed officers at all major entry points. However, police did not have the authority to search the building, a property of the Kerala government.
The police talked to the guest house and canteen staff at the building gate and were told that all meat was sourced from slaughter houses authorised by the Delhi government, the report said.
Cow meat is banned in the entire Delhi-NCR region. Kerala House also decided to discontinue buffalo meat after the Delhi Police visit that came amidst a raging nation-wide debate on beef ban and growing incidents of intolerance.
Reacting to the episode, the Kerala chief minister said some people were unnecessarily creating a row over the beef ban and that his government would take up the issue of Delhi Police's action with the Centre after collecting details in this regard.
"Kerala House is not a private hotel or an institution run for making profit. It is an official guest house of the state government. The police action was really unfortunate. They should have shown some restraint before carrying out searches," Chandy told a press meet at Kozhikode.
While writing to PM Modi, Chandy said, "I would like to inform you that the Kerala House staff canteen serves authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisine and the items in the menu are entirely within law."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has condemned the "raid" by Delhi Police at Kerala Bhavan.
"I strongly condemn Delhi Police raid on Kerala house. I agree with Kerala CM that Kerala house is a govt establishment and not a private hotel. Delhi Police had no business to enter Kerala house. It is an attack on federal structure. Delhi Police is acting like BJP Sena," he said.
"Will Delhi Police go and arrest a CM from a state Bhavan in Delhi if they suspect the CM to be eating something that BJP or Modiji don't like?," Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.
CPI(M), too, condemned the police action with party Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan alleging that the searches at the state-run guest house was part of a Sangh Parivar agenda.
"The same forces who killed Mohd Iqlakh in Dadri are behind the raid at Kerala House also. The raid at state-run guest house is a warning that they will barge into any kitchen in the country," he said in a Facebook post.
"There is neither any ban on beef in Delhi nor any restriction to cook or sell it at Kerala House. The Delhi Police's illegal action, according to communal forces, is part of the Sangh Parivar agenda," he added.
Kerala MPs have reportedlt issued ultimatum and have asked for beef to be brought back on the menu.