LUCKNOW: Legal proceedings were initiated against around two dozen Muslims for allegedly serving “non-vegetarian biryani” to Hindus at a Urs congregation in Mahoba town of Bundelkhand region on Thursday. According to sources, the incident took place under Charkahri police station area of the town on August 31.
The case was registered against the accused, under Charkhari police station area, on charges of “promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and hurting religious sentiments”. The Hindus were allegedly served the dish without telling them that it contained buffalo meat at Salat village.
The FIR was lodged after the intervention of local BJP MLA Brijbhushan Rajpoot. The FIR was lodged based on a complaint given by a villager Rajkumar Raikwar.
“Hindus, who are in majority here, also participate in Urs and give donations,” said Rajpoot. He added that every year there is a huge feast where vegetarian food is served. This year as the bhandara (feast) started many Hindus were served rice and allegedly told that it is “baba ka prasad”.
“When a few people started eating, they found pieces of meat. A panchayat was called and the main accused admitted to having served buffalo meat by mistake. He apologised and offered `50,000 to arrange a shuddhikaran’,” said the BJP MLA.
Superintendent of Police Swami Nath said it is not true that non-veg biryani was served. “A probe is on. No arrests have been made,” he said.