Beef is back on the menu at the Thrissur Police Training Academy nearly two years after an unofficial ban on cow meat was imposed.
The canteen resumed serving beef on Friday following the instruction of DIG (Training) P Vijayan.
Manorama reports that red meat was served at the canteen a day before Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan paid a visit to the training academy for the passing out parade of new recruits. In May, the Chief Minister had spoken out against the unofficial ban.
Claiming that beef is an integral part of a Keralite's diet, Pinarayi had said that meat was a part of Keralaâ€™s culture and that no changes will be made to that. His statement had then come as a ray of hope for the trainees, who had in the past served beef a couple of times despite the ban, but had to face enquiry for their action.
The CMâ€™s statement then had come after S Suresh Rajpurohit, then Inspector General of the academy ordered probe against a â€˜beef partyâ€™ that was held in the canteen on May 20.
CPI(M) MP MB Rajesh had in 2015 brought the unofficial ban to public notice in a Facebook post.