Allow cops to raid homes if citizens possess beef: Maharashtra to SC

In another bizzare move that could spark yet another controversy, the Maharashtra government has appealed to the Supreme Court for the revival of a provision that makes possession of beef (cow, bullocks and buffalo) at home from outside the state illegal.

A law, Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was struck down by the Bombay High Court that allowed any police officer to stop and search any person suspected of possessing beef slaughtered outside Maharashtra. It also empowered the police to carry raids in the suspect’s houses.

The keyword being suspect, it would be important to note that this move from the state government comes right when the Supreme Court concluded that right to privacy is not a fundamental right but a part of right to personal liberty.

Joachim Colaco, trustee of the United Christian Community Centre told the Hindustan Times that they would certainly go by the rules, but this was certainly not the right way.

Last year the Bombay High Court struck down the law in a strongly worded 245 page judgement, the court believed that the law was an intrusion into a citizen’s home and preventing from possessing and eating the food of his choice.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Huffington Post

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Beef search on train: Gauraksha leader warns SP on arrests, threatens riots

Surendra Singh Rajpurohit, a right-wing activist who formed the Gauraksha Commando Force, has reportedly threatened Prembabu Sharma to get ready for a repeat of “September 2013”, when the town faced large scale communal riots over cow slaughter rumours. This comes after the arrest of two Gauraksha Samiti activists for an alleged attack on a Muslim couple at Khirkiya railway station. Rajpurohit also known as ‘Tiger’ is the main accused in the 2013 riots. He blamed the police for partisan action taken against Hindu accused in the case.

Warning Sharma, he said that if the interests of the Hindus will be harmed, he will back his words with an appropriate action. In response to this, SP Sharma purportedly replied by saying, “I wouldn’t let the riots happen, even if that meant giving up my life’’ He further admitted to having received a call from Rajpurohit, but claimed that the conversation did not ended in a threat.

Rajpurohit is currently out on a bail. He has earlier been named in a dozen cases of arson and rioting. As reported by The Indian Express, a Muslim couple was apparently assaulted by at least six members of the Gauraksha Samiti at Khirkiya railway station recently when they objected to their luggage being searched on serious doubt that they were carrying beef. The September 2013 riots in Khirkiya- Chhipbad allegedly involved more than 40 right-wing activists after the carcass of a cow was found in a field. The allegation put by The Gauraksha Samiti that the cow was slaughtered proved to be wrong when the hospital later concluded that the animal had died after consuming polythene bags.