Kerala government has expressed a strong disappointment with the explanation given by the Delhi Police over its action of searching the premises of Kerala House at Jantar Mantar on complaints of cow meat being served there. The Congress-led UDF government on Wednesday threatened to take legal action over what they alleged a “police raid”. On Monday afternoon, a 20-member Delhi Police had rushed to the Kerala house to carry searches after receiving a call from a fringe right-wing group.
“The version of the Delhi police is not at all acceptable to the state and we are waiting for the reply to the letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue. Kerala will take legal action if the reply from Centre also collaborate with the stand taken by Delhi police on the matter,” Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the press in Thiruvananthapuram.
“State cabinet at its meeting today discussed the issue and decided to take legal course if the Centre also sticks to the explanation given by Delhi police that ‘they (Delhi Police) only did their duty and carried out an inspection in accordance with law,” Mr. Chandy added.
At the same time, Oommen Chandy asserted that the Buffalo meat will be served from Wednesday. It was struck off from the menu list post the incident on Tuesday.
“Cow meat, which is banned in Delhi, was not served at the Kerala House…. But, buffalo meat, which is not banned, will be served from today itself at Kerala House no matter who opposes it,” he said.
The Kerala Chief Minister had even written to the Prime Minister early on Tuesday evening registering a strong objection against the police action.
“The raid conducted without the permission of state officials at the state-run official guest house crossed all limits of propriety, violated law and also affected the Centre-State relation.” he said.
On his part, Delhi Police chief Bhim Sen Bassi defended the police action saying that the PCR call regarding the beef complaint was given priority because it had the potential to disrupt harmony between communities and could have had “disastrous consequences”.
“The caller was already in police’s notice because of his past record,” Bassi said adding “It was not a raid. It, in fact, was a preventive measure as per our standing operating procedures…. We also deployed possible security measures and alerted the staff working there.”
The police action sparked off a major row with Members of Parliament from Kerala sitting on protest denouncing police action and even the BJP-led Central government. Mamata Banerjee, West Bangal CM and Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM too criticised the Delhi police action.
On Wednesday, Kerala CM Chandy thanked both his counterparts from Delhi and West Bengal for extending their support on the issue.
Meanwhile, Delhi police arrested one Vishnu Gupta, the person who had allegedly made a police call which led to the major row. Gupta, who also claims to be the Chief of outfit called Hindu Sena, was detained earlier in the day after Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi had on Tuesday said that his department was contemplating action against the caller, Vishnu Gupta, under IPC Section 182 (false information, with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person).
(With inputs from the PTI)