Youth Congress calf slaughter row in Kannur: Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Monday reacted to the news of members of the Indian Youth Congress slaughtering a calf in Kannur, Kerala and said that such elements had no place within the party. Surjewala told ANI that those involved had been suspended. Yesterday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had also condemned the alleged public butchering of the calf by a few Youth Congress members on Twitter, although he had not directly alluded to the incident. IYC leaders were protesting against the central government’s move to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter. In a tweet, Gandhi said, “What happened in Kerala yesterday is thoughtless, barbaric and completely unacceptable to me and the Congress Party. I strongly condemn the incident”. Earlier, an 18-month old calf had been slaughtered in public view by IYC workers. According to PTI, the said workers had also raised slogans against the Centre’s decision while they butchered the calf. The meat, according to reports had been distributed for free to onlookers.
Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath had raised concerns over the matter and questioned the organisations that demanded respect for each other’s sentiments in the name of secularism, ANI reported. The UP Chief Minister questioned as to why such organisations remained silent over the incident. According to reports, a case has been filed on the basis of a report from Yuva Morcha district General Secretary C C Ratheesh under section 120 A of the Kerala Police Act.
Kerala’s BJP president, Kummanam Rajasekharan had posted a video of the slaughter on social networking site Twitter and called it “cruelty at its peak”. Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury spoke to ANI on the ban and called the prohibitory law “absurd”. He said that by issuing such an order, the central government was being unfair