Jaipur, Mar 17: Four undergraduate students of Kashmir, who were thrashed and later arrested for allegdly cooking beef in Mewar University hostel, have been granted bail. The accused students were produced before the Gangrar sub-divisional magistrate’s court in Chittorgarh on Wednesday and later granted bail after a board of experts confirmed that the meat in question was not beef. Also Read - Rajasthan Tragedy: 6 Drown After Boat Capsizes in Chambal River, Rescue Operation Underway
A veterinary medical board collected samples of meat from accused students’ hostel room. After testing, the board concluded that it was not beef. “Kashmiri students accused of cooking beef in Chittorgarh college have been released after questioning. It was just a precautionary measure, the students were released respectfully,” said Rajasthan Minister Rajendra Rathore. (ALSO READ: Mamata Banerjee sidesteps Omar Abdullah’s request but welcomes all Kashmiris) Also Read - 39-Year-Old Man Arrested Under NSA for Selling 'Beef' in Madhya Pradesh's Indore
The accused students — Shakib Ashraf, Hilal Farukh, Mohammad Makbool and Shaukat Ali — were manhandled on Monday night when the rumour spread that they were cooking beef in the hostel room. Some students as well as locals assembled in front of the Mewar University and demanded action against them. Police rushed to the site and arrested four students under section 151 of IPC (disturbance of public peace). Also Read - Unlock 4 in Rajasthan: Lockdown to Remain Implemented in Containment Zones, No Restriction on Inter-state, Intra-state Travel
According to the Mewar University PRO Harish Gurnani, the entire controversy was a result of rivalry between two groups of students at the institution. “We are counselling both the groups, and have formed a probe committee to look into the incident,” he was quoted as saying.