Mewat gangrapes, beef biryani crackdown are small issues: Haryana CM
Manohar Lal Khattar

The minister said such incidents could take place 'anywhere in the country'.

7 hours ago
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said the
murders and gangrapes linked to cow vigilante groups and the beef
biryani crackdown in Mewat were “trivial issues”. Khattar’s comments
came on the sidelines of an event marking 50 years of Haryana.

On August 24, a 20-year-old woman and her minor cousin were gangraped,
and two of their relatives tied up and beaten to death in Mewat,
allegedly for eating beef. Two weeks later, authorities started
testing samples of biryani being sold in local shops for beef ahead of

“I don’t pay much attention to these small issues. Today we should be
talking about Swarna Jayanti [the jubilee event],” Khattar said,
according to The Financial Express. Khattar claimed the collection of
biryani samples and the two violent crimes “could take place anywhere
in the country”.

The murders and gangrapes took place while the family was asleep – the
women inside a room and the men on cots outside. One of the survivors
said in her police complaint that the attackers tied the men to the
cots and beat everybody with rods and sticks. She said, “The four-five
men were all armed with country-made pistols.” The gang fled around 3
am when one of the family members managed to sneak out and alert
nearby residents.

On September 8, the police were asked to launch a crackdown on meat
shops, restaurants and roadside food stalls to ensure that they were
not selling beef ahead of Bakr-Eid. The directive was issued after
rumours arose that beef biryani was being sold in several parts of the
Muslim-dominated district.

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