Madikeri police seized 40kg of beef from a cloakroom at Madikeri KSRTC bus stand on Saturday and registered a case against Khadar, who manages the cloakroom.
Two unclaimed luggage bags at the cloakroom contained beef, that was reportedly ferried from Hunsur in Mysuru district.
The Times of India reports that pro-Hindu activists questioned the staff and that the police seized the meat when Khadar was receiving the bags sent through the conductor.
After a local veterinary doctor verified that the meat was beef and not mutton, Khadar was taken into custody. Swami Vivekananda Janaseva Association president Ganesh filed a complaint against Khadar, who was later sent to judicial custody of 15 days.
The report says that Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists carried out protest in the bus stand.
The report adds that the conductor Sankappa was unaware of the contents of the bag and confirmed that it was loaded from Hunsur. Attempts to trace Naveed, who sent the bag from Hunsur is on. Confirming that this has been going on for several months, KSRTC staff Narayan said that he had warned Khadar not to carry on with such business.