The move comes amid reports of beef biryani, a dish prepared with rice and cow meat, being sold in several areas in northern Mewat district
Cops in Mewat district of northern Indian state of Haryana may soon be lifting samples from meat and biryani sellers across the district, mostly dominated by Muslim population, local media reported today. The samples will be then checked for beef.
The move comes amid reports of beef biryani, a dish prepared with rice and cow meat, being sold in several areas in Mewat.
Days ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, the 'order' has reportedly come from Gau Sewa Aayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla and cow protection task force in-charge, deputy inspector General of Police, Bharti Arora.
"There were reports of beef biryani being sold from across Mewat, including towns and villages such as Nuh, Ferozpur Jhirka, Nagina, Punhana, Bhadas, Shah Chokha, Shikrawa, Rawli and directions were issued to the district police to lift samples from shops, hotels and rehriwalas (roadside vendors) selling meat and biryani," Mangla told the Indian daily The Hindu.
Action would be taken as per the law if beef was found in the samples, he said.
Cow slaughter invites serious punishment in the northern state. The state government had last year implemented the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act last year that has a provision of imprisonment of up to 10 years in case of cow slaughter.