HYDERABAD: Coming under fire from various sections of people for his controversial remarks on vows taken by Hindu devotees and Brahmanical culture, Bhupalpally collector A Murali on Saturday expressed regrets for his comments.
In a media release, the IAS officer stated that his intention was to ask SCs and STs to eat beef in order to remain healthy. The collector said he had made the remarks on the occasion of World TB Day, to call upon Dalits to eat nutritious food.
“In my efforts to ask SCs and STs to take nutritious diet such as beef, I inadvertently called upon them to kill wild boars. But, killing wild boars is a crime as per Forest Laws,” the collector stated. On the other hand, the State government reportedly sought an explanation from Murali for his controversial remarks. Forest minister Jogu Ramanna said in the State Legislative Council that the government had ordered a probe into this issue.
Meanwhile, members of the Telangana Brahmin Seva Samithi and activists of BJP called on Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma and submitted representations requesting him to take action against Murali. Seva Samithi president G Upendra Sharma said that Murali made objectionable remarks on Brahmins and their culture that hurt sentiments of the community. They sought action against him.