A police raid on Kerala House, Delhi, allegedly to check if beef was being served, has cooked up a political furor as the chief ministers of Kerala, Delhi and West Bengal and Left leaders condemned the ‘intolerance’ and demanded action against the Delhi Police.
Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi insisted his men did not ‘raid Kerala House and broke no law. He said the police just wanted to prevent possible trouble after they received a complaint that beef was being served in the canteen of Kerala House, located in the heart of the city.
After 20 policemen entered and made inquiries and clarified it was not cow meat, Kerala House swiftly took off ‘carabeef’ (buffalo meat), from its menu and later stated that beef will return to its menu shortly.
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy wrote to PM Narendra Modi seeking action against the Delhi Police and clarified that Kerala House is not a private hotel, it is the official building of the Kerala government. Kerala Home minister Chennithala said he will meet Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung with the complaint against Delhi Police who report to Jung and to the central home ministry.