Beef row: AAP seeks Bassi’s resignation
“The raid by Delhi Police was completely illegal. Bassi has become a leader of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). He should resign or he should be sacked,” Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh told the media.
On Monday, some 20 police officers “raided” the Kerala House after the Hindu Sena alleged that beef (cow meat) was served in its premises. But it turned out that Kerala House only served buffalo meat.
The police action has come in for widespread criticism.
Bassi has denied that Delhi Police “raided” the Kerala House and said his men had done no wrong.
“A case of criminal trespass should be filed against police officers who raided the place because Delhi Police is not the competent authority (to check meat samples),” Ashutosh said.
He said only officials from the Delhi government’s veterinary department were authorised to do this task.
Another AAP leader, Somnath Bharti, who heads the Kerala unit, said the party would hold protests in Kerala if its demand for Bassi’s ouster was not accepted.
Delhi Malayali community stage protest outside Kerala House
Around 60-70 people from the Malayali community residing in Delhi came together to show solidarity outside the Kerala House on Wednesday evening, holding posters to show support against the alleged raid conducted by the Delhi Police over beef being served at the staff canteen on Monday evening.
Kaveri, a Delhi University student, said: “I got to know that all the people from our community would gather here. What happened on Monday at the Kerala house is not acceptable and it must not happen again. I live in Dwarka and came here to show support for the cause that I have a right to eat what I like.”
Sudhir Nath, a cartoonist who has been living in Delhi for the past five years, said: “The action taken by the Delhi Police over serving a particular food item is absolutely not acceptable and the government must take appropriate action against the culprits. Kerala House is the only place where we get authentic Malayali food and no one has the right to disrupt what is being served in the canteen of the state guest house.”
Students of Student Federation of India (SFI) also came out in large numbers to show their support. The protesters shouted slogans like ‘right to food is right to live’ and were carrying posters which read ‘intolerance to the culture and tradition of others is a cancer now’. “
Meanwhile, Delhi Police have arrested Vishnu Gupta, Hindu Sena chief on Wednesday over filing false complaint of beef being served at the staff canteen of Kerala House on Monday evening.
“A case has been registered against Vishnu Gupta under Sections 107 (abetment) and 151 (knowingly joining assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse) of the IPC at the Connaught Place police station. We will produce him at the Special Executive Magistrate court,” said Jatin Narwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (New Delhi).