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Gau rakshak leader not in Jaipur hotel FIR

Up in arms:Activists protest against the sealing of Hotel Hayat Rabbani in Jaipur.Rohit Jain Paras  

Three days after cow vigilante groups swooped down on a hotel here alleging that it was serving beef, the Jaipur Police on Wednesday registered a criminal case against unknown persons for unlawful assembly, causing hurt and trespass.

Civil rights groups said the case was “too weak” in comparison to the violence perpetrated on the hotel staff.

Hotel Hayat Rabbani near the Central Bus Stand, which was sealed after the Rashtriya Mahila Gau Rakshak Sewa Mandal activists laid siege to it on Sunday night, continues to remain closed.

Though the hotel’s owner, Naeem Rabbani, mentioned Gau Raksha group leader Sadhvi Kamal Didi as the one who led the cow vigilante crowd, the FIR registered at Sindhi Camp police station did not name her as an accused.

Rights’ groups cry foul

Rights’ groups have alleged that the police and municipal authorities were colluding with the cow vigilante groups.

Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti said the hotel would not be de-sealed until the Forensic Science Laboratory’s report on the meat samples seized from its kitchen was received. He denied that there was any illegality involved in the sealing saying the owner had not obtained licence for running the hotel or restaurant.

‘Illegal’ construction

Mr. Lahoti also said the construction of Hotel Hayat Rabbani was “illegal.” Activist groups and city residents staged a huge demonstration at Shahid Smarak on Tuesday to protest against the violence and targeting the minority community’s business.

The speakers condemned the “collusion” of the State agencies in the attack on the hotel, lambasted the increasing communal nature of governance and pledged to maintain communal harmony in the city.

People’s Union for Civil Liberties-Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said the issue was blown up with the police slapping cases of offending people of another religion on Mr. Rabbani and sending the meat to the FSL.