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A hotel in Jaipur was sealed after cow vigilantes alleged that it served beef

Two employees of Hotel Hayat Rabbani were arrested after ‘gau rakshaks’ claimed they found bones of cows in the leftovers dumped in the trash.

A hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has been sealed and two of its staff have been arrested over allegations that beef was served at its restaurant. Wasim and Qasim have been booked under the Code of Criminal Procedure to prevent them from committing “the cognisable offence” again, while the police are looking for the owner of Hotel Hayat Rabbani, Naeem Rabbani, reported The Hindu.

Trouble began to brew on Sunday night when more than a hundred cow vigilantes gathered at the hotel and alleged that the bones found in the leftovers dumped in the trash belonged to cows. Mahila Gauraksha Dal President Sadhvi Kamal Didi lodged an FIR in the case.

The “gau rakshaks” shouted slogans such as “Bharat mata ki jai” and “Narendra Modi zindabad”. One of the protesters, Sukhdip Singh, told Hindustan Times: ”In the afternoon, people from the locality saw the hotel staff dump garbage near a place where a few stray cows were standing. Some of the waste looked like leftover pieces of beef, and it made them suspicious.”

However, the claim that the restaurant had served beef has not been proved yet. “We don’t know yet if the meat is beef,” Manphool Singh, chief of Sindhi Camp Police Station, told HuffPost India. Adding that it “could even be chicken”, he said samples of the meat had been sent for forensic testing. The results are likely to come within two weeks.

Guests at the hotel were asked to leave, after which Ward Councillor Nirmala Sharma asked the Jaipur Municipal Corporation to seal the premises. However, Deputy Mayor Manoj Bhardwaj said the hotel was sealed because it did not have the necessary licence to run a restaurant and was dumping trash in the open.

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