All seven samples of biryani collected by the Mewat police have been found positive for beef. The samples were collected over the last two days and were sent to Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LLRU) here.
An LLRU spokesperson said, “We have received seven samples from the Mewat administration and after tests we found the samples positive. Reports of the samples have been sent to the concerned department and to the government.”
Selling, slaughtering and consumption of beef in any form is banned in Haryana under the Gau Raksha and Gau Samvardhan scheme started by the state government and is a punishable offence.
However, superintendent of police (SP) Mewat, Kuldeep Singh, refused to comment about the matter, saying he had not received any test reports so far.
“I will able to comment on the issue after I receive the lab reports from LLRU,” Singh told HT.
Following a complaint, authorities in Mewat district collected seven samples of biryani from shopkeepers and vendors in the Ferozpur Jhirka area, located in a village in the state’s Muslim-dominant Mewat district. They had received a complaint that beef was being added to the dish.
Meanwhile, after the complaint, police and cow vigilantes in Mundaka village here are keeping close vigil to avoid any such incident in view of Eid to be celebrated next week.
Deputy director of Mewat animal husbandry department, Narender Kumar, said that more samples would be collected if such complaints were received.
The police’s Cow Protection Task Force (CPTF) has spruced up its network of informers in areas where beef consumption is suspected to be high, official sources said.
(With PTI inputs)