It's all Media creation: Kerala Police academy denies reports of excluding beef from menu

Simran Kashyap

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18: The Kerala Police Academy on Monday dismissed reports of a ban on beef on its campus and said the dish along with mutton have been excluded from the menu for new trainees based on dietitian's instructions.

Reacting to reports in a section of media that beef had been banned in the police canteen, academy Director B Sandhya, ADGP, said there was no such prohibition on the popular dish and dubbed the controversy a 'media creation'.

"Not only beef, but mutton is not included in the new menu issued. The menu was prepared according to the directions of the dietitians," she said.

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The controversy surfaced close on the heels of the storm over a "beef fry" tweet by the Kerala Tourism on 'Makarasankranti' day last month. "Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves.

A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala," the tweet read along with a recipe link.

A section of Twitter users had expressed their displeasure over the timing of the tweet as it was posted on a Hindu festival.

Slamming the state, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje had said the "Kerala communist govt have declared a war against Hindus of the state!", but the the CPI(M)-led LDF government clarified later its aim was not to hurt anyone's religious beliefs.

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