New Delhi: Assam police has arrested the headmistress of an Goalpara college over allegations that she had carried beef into the varsity for lunch.

Beef shouldn’t be banned in Assam, however a brand new regulation introduced in 2021 bans cattle slaughter and sale of beef in components of the state the place Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are in a majority or inside a five-kilometre radius of a temple or Vaishnavite monasteries.

An modification to the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 2021, additionally empowers the police to enter the home of an accused and examine, search and seize properties acquired within the final six years with cash earned from “unlawful cattle commerce.”

The Hindu has recognized the headmistress as Dalima Nessa of the Hurkachungi Center English College in Goalpur’s Lakhipur space.

Indian Specific has reported that the arrest of the headmistress, a 56-year-old, was made on the idea of a grievance lodged by the varsity administration committee.

Nessa had introduced the meat for lunch on Might 14, a day on which there was a operate on the college.

A police officer instructed the newspaper that the committee’s grievance had it that members of the employees to whom the headmistress had served beef had felt “discomfort” and that “each spiritual communities” had been upset by the incident.

Nessa has been booked below sections 153A (selling enmity between totally different teams) and 295A (outraging spiritual emotions) of the Indian Penal Code.

The headmistress is in judicial custody at current.

Whereas the regulation banning beef in locations of Assam is new, this isn’t the primary arrest for possession of beef for the reason that Bharatiya Janata Get together got here to energy in 2016. In 2017, The Wire had reported three Muslims, together with a minor, have been arrested from Jorhat city for brazenly carrying beef and “hurting the spiritual sentiments of some individuals.” The incident was reported as the primary through which somebody was arrested in Assam for procuring beef for consumption.

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