Youth Congress workers booked for slaughtering calf in public

Police on Sunday booked some Youth Congress activists who allegedly publicly killed a calf to protest the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, as the incident drew flak from various quarters.

Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan, who posted the video of the the gory incident on Twitter, called it “cruelty at it’s peak” and said no normal person can behave in this manner.

An embarrassed Congress sought to distance itself, saying the party will not support anyone who has violated the law.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called the incident ‘thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable,’ in a tweet condemning the act.

The brazen act was committed in front of a huge crowd in Kannur on Saturday during the ‘Beef Fest’ held by the Left and Congress in Kerala to protest against the Centre’s ban.

The offence deals with slaughtering any animal in a way that causes annoyance or inconvenience to the public and is punishable with imprisonment up to one year or a fine of up to five thousand rupees or with both.

The 18-month-old animal was butchered in an open vehicle as Youth Congress workers raised slogans against the Centre’s decision to ban sale of cattle for slaughter.

The meat was then distributed free to onlookers.

(Agencies)

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