A leading school in Dehradun issuing a tender for only ‘halal’ meat has sparked controversy in the Uttarakhand capital as Hindu groups demanded police take action against the leadership of school for hurting the religious feelings of Hindus.
The Welham Boys School, which is one of the oldest and most reputable boarding schools in the country, put out a tender on Sunday (June 26) in a local daily, inviting suppliers for various foods for the school disorder. In the list of food products, only “Halal” meat was included in the tender.
Opposing this decision, several activists from the Hindu group Bajrang Dal demonstrated in the school premises and shouted slogans against the school administration.
Hindu activists said the majority of students as well as school staff were Hindus and that serving “halal” meat was an insult to their religion.
The activists also lodged a complaint with the Dalanwala police station and demanded action against the school administration.
“We filed a complaint with the local police demanding action against the school administration for insulting students and the Hindu community. We demand firm action against the leadership to fuel community tensions, ”said Vikas Kumar Verma, president of Bajrang Dal town.
Meanwhile, the school administration called the meat controversy “unnecessary.”
“We have launched a call for tenders for halal meat and the next one will be calling for tenders for non-halal meat,” said Mahesh Kandpal, deputy headmaster of the Welham school. News18 as told.