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  India   Beef row, gangrape trivial issues, says Manohar Lal Khattar

Beef row, gangrape trivial issues, says Manohar Lal Khattar

PTI
Published : Sep 18, 2016, 5:38 am IST
Updated : Sep 18, 2016, 5:38 am IST

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said the Mewat double murder-cum-gangrape case and the beef controversy were “trivial issues”.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Photo: PTI)
 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar (Photo: PTI)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said the Mewat double murder-cum-gangrape case and the beef controversy were “trivial issues”.

He was speaking to mediapersons here on the sidelines of an event to mark 50 years of Haryana on November 1.

 

When asked about the beef biryani issue and CBI probe into the gangrape case of two sisters in Mewat, Mr Khattar said, “These are trivial issues and I don’t pay much attention to these small issues. Today we should be talking about Swarna Jayanti. Collecting samples of beef biryani, and double murder-cum-gangrape case of two sisters is not an issue according to me. These are petty issues compared to the golden jubilee celebrations and could take place anywhere in the country.”

A 20-year-old woman and her 14-year-old cousin were sexually assaulted by several men in their home in Mewat on August 24.

Their uncle and aunt were tied up and then beaten to death. The state government had last year enacted the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gau Samvardhan Act, making cow slaughter punishable with rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of `1 lakh. Ahead of Id on September 8, Haryana Cow Protection Task Force in- charge, DIG Bharti Arora, and Gau Sewa Aayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla conducted a drive to check biryani and collected samples of it from Mewat. Later, Haryana minister Anil Vij said that all seven samples were found containing beef during testing at a laboratory in Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and the Animal Sciences in Hisar.

Mr Mangla had claimed that there were reports of beef biryani being sold across Mewat, including villages such as Nuh, Ferozpur Jhirka, Nagina, Punhana, Bhadas, Shah Chokha and others.

Location: India, Haryana, Gurgaon