Haryana beef biryani "test finding" questioned
New Delhi, Sept 10: Amidst the raging row over "raids" at biryani eateries in Mewat, the mandate and authenticity of a university lab in Haryana where seven meat samples were allegedly tested to be positive for beef has been questioned by a civil group.
Media reports said seven meat samples received in the Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, from various places of Haryana have been allegedly tested to be positive for beef.
"Whether the said laboratory has been accredited by accreditation body or recognized by the state government as provided in Section 12 (1) of The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act 2015," asked ANHAD adding that "It is a matter of fact that no laboratory in the said University has any accreditation or recognition to carry out such tests."
The group further said that even the head of the department of the said laboratory had no information about any such test.
It also questioned the procedure of sampling of meat.
"What procedure was followed while taking of samples and their labeling? As a matter of fact, no authority in the university has been designated to ensure that the sampling, labeling of samples is done in a proper manner in matters involving species differentiation," said ANHAD.
The group, which is headed by eminent social activist Shabnam Hashmi, further alleged: "It should also be noted that some senior faculty members of the university have been visiting Nagpur regularly and also conducting training programmes for ABVP students of the university."
Meanwhile, in view of the upcoming Eid-Al Adha, which is popularly known as Bakr Eid, an eminent Muslim organization has expressed concern on the alleged ‘beef biryani' circular of the Haryana government of BJP.
Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said the circular "will harm the backward sections of the Muslim community who earn livelihood through small businesses and will end up as a tool in the hands of police to harass the poor."
While terming the order as oppressive and contrary to the constitutional right of economic freedom, Jamaat leader demanded the state government to immediately withdraw it.