AAP asks MHA to probe police role in Kerala House 'raid'

Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday demanded the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to probe ‘police role’ in the alleged Kerala House raid over allegations that beef was served there.

On Monday, Delhi Police “raided” the Kerala House following complaint from the Hindu Sena that cow meat was served on its premises. But later, it found that the Kerala House only served buffalo meat.

“Delhi Police had no power to enter the Kerala House premises. The relevant law provides powers only to Delhi Animal Husbandry Department to carry out searches,” a statement issued by the party said.

Launching a scathing attack on the Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, senior AAP leader Ashutosh told media: “The raid by Delhi Police was completely illegal. Bassi has become a leader of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). He should resign or be sacked.”

He accused Bassi of misleading people by citing a law under which his force had no power. Bassi has already denied that Delhi Police “raided” the Kerala House and said the force had done no wrong.

File case, says AAP leader

“A case of criminal trespass should be filed against police officers who raided the place because Delhi Police is not the competent authority (to check meat samples),” the AAP leader said.

Somnath Bharti, who is in-charge of the AAP’s Kerala unit, said the party would hold protests in Kerala if its demand for Bassi’s sacking was not accepted.

Criticising Bassi’s role in the “raid”, the party said, “Bassi by his false statement has only further added to the shameful conduct of Delhi Police, which is bringing a bad name to the national capital. The AAP demands that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs should order an impartial probe into the matter.”

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