The Kannur city police on Thursday arrested eight people including Youth Congress leader Rijil Makutty over the incident of slaughtering a calf of an ox in public to protest against the Central government’s order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter.
A group of youth Congress workers had organised the public slaughter of an ox to protest the Centre’s decision to impose new restrictions on the trade of cattle for the purpose of slaughtering.
The eight arrested people include former IYC Kannur Parliament constituency committee Rijil Makutty. The police had earlier charged 16 Youth Congress activists in the case and had charged them under IPC Section 428 and Section (ii) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
The act was committed in front of a huge crowd in Kannur on Saturday during the ‘Beef Fest’ held by the Left and Congress parties in Kerala. “It is a thoughtless act and it will only help Sangh Parivar outfits. It is sad that Youth Congress activists stooped so low for publicity,” CPI(M) member of Parliament MB Rajesh said.
Triggering a widespread row, the Youth Congress workers had allegedly butchered the 18-month-old animal in full public view in an open vehicle two days ago and raised slogans against the Centre’s decision to ban sale of cattle for slaughter.
The meat was later distributed free of cost to onlookers. Cutting across party barriers, a number of political leaders and cultural activists had come out against the gory protest. On the basis of a complaint from a Yuva Morcha worker, the police registered a case against the YC activists under Section 120 A of the Kerala Police Act.
Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan, who posted the video of the the gory incident on twitter, called it “cruelty at it peak” and said no normal person can behave in this manner.