Kerala police arrest 8 Youth Congress members over Kannur cow slaughter
Party worker, later suspended, who led the demonstration on Saturday when a calf was killed and its meat cooked is among those arrestedindia Updated: Jun 13, 2017 18:23 IST
The Kerala police arrested on Thursday eight workers of the Youth Congress, who allegedly slaughtered a calf in Kannur last week to protest Centre’s new notification on cattle trade.
The incident triggered outrage, and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had dubbed it a “thoughtless and barbaric act”.
The Congress later suspended three people, including Rejil Makutty, who led the crowd from the party.
The activists slaughtered the animal at the heart of the North Kerala city, while shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government. They later cooked the meat and distributed it.
Their protest was in response to a notification issued by the Union government outlawing the sale of cattle for slaughter.
Cows are considered holy by Hindus, and Saturday’s slaughtering boomeranged on the Congress when Kerala BJP president Kummanan Rajasekharan posted a video of the demonstration.
A number of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders spoke up against the issue, including Gujarat and UP chief ministers.
Youth Congress leaders admitted that they made a mistake with the demonstrations.
Sources said the party members thought beef festivals had become common, and slaughter-and-cook demonstration would have been something unusual.
Kerala is ruled by a Left government, one of the strongest critics of the BJP. Its chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, were among the most prominent critics of the notification issued last week.