Cattle slaughter ban: Congress-ruled Karnataka govt toes Rahul Gandhi's line, stops beef fest

Bengaluru: Close on the heels of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's denouncement of slaughtering of a calf in Kerala, the Karnataka government on Monday used police force to stop a "beef fest" organised by a students' unions to protest against the Centre ban on trade of cattle for slaughter.

In a tweet on Sunday night, Gandhi had condemned the slaughtering of cow in public, which resulted in Kerala unit of the Congress suspending three of its workers.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"What happened in Kerala is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to me and Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident," Gandhi had tweeted.

The Left-affiliated Students' Federation of India (SFI) had sought police permission for a protest against the central government for ordering a ban on the trade of cattle, including buffaloes, cows and camels, for slaughter.

The police, however, did not give permission, though there is no ban on cow slaughter in the Congress-ruled state.

Tension grew between saffron activists including Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) and Left-leaning protesters, as both the groups had assembled outside the Town Hall at the same time, which resulted in a minor scuffle, police said.

The police soon swung into action and detained the culprits.

Similar 'beef fests' were held in Kerala and in Tamil Nadu's Chennai on Sunday.

Despite not having a ban on cow slaughter, the local police registered a case after BJP's complaint under the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Updated Date: May 30, 2017 07:32 AM

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