Eating out in Kolkata, specially in Muslim Biryani eateries or purchasing Biryani from those Muslim food joints or Hotels and Restaurants owned by Muslims are becoming high risk for those who don’t take beef. Adulteration of ‘Beef’ in ‘Mutton Biryani’ is now an anxiety for the Biryani Lovers in Kolkata.
Earlier, such cases were reported in outer Kolktata ares like Rajarhat and Madhyamgram areas. But, the same alleged adulteration of Beef in Mutton Biryani is now reported in Shyambazar in North Kolkata’s Hindu area.
It is alleged that a food mart named HAJI DA BIRYANI at 18A, R.G. Kar Road, Kolkata – 700 004 served Beef Biryani when ordered a Mutton Biryani exactly.
HAJI DA BIRYANI (with a very confusing mentioning of “786/92” and “Mahamaya Fast Food Center” in the shop hording) was selling Mutton Biryani at a low price of Rs 80.00 (eighty) per standard hot packet and thus had a huge sell all the time.
On Tuesday night (Oct 17, 2017), Muslim worker named Rafiq Molla of the local ‘Amiya Babur Bazar’ (daily market place) purchased a packet of Mutton Biryani from Haji Da Biryani Shop at the cost of Rs 80/-. But, at the time before consuming it, Rafiq noticed that the meat piece in the Biryani was not a Mutton piece but a Beef piece. Instantly packing the same, Rafiq reached Haji Da Biryani and challenged the shop-owner. Smelling a greater dispute, the Haji Da Biriyani took back the Biryani and returned the price to Rafiq without any debate.
Returning to the market, Rafiq told this matter to some shop owners and the Market Welfare Committee to look into the highly objectionable wrongdoing made by the food mart. When, the members of the Market Committee inquired the matter at the Haji Da Biryani end, the owner of it ‘confessed’ the ‘adulteration of Beef in Mutton Biryani’ and proposed a ‘negotiation’ and ‘offered a big donation’ to the market committee to end the matter by suppressing all the facts.
The annoyed Market Committee and agitated local Hindus shut the shop immediately and one complain was lodged in Ultadanga Police Station. Police told, ‘investigation started’ after making an FIR on the basis of an allegation of ‘serious nature’.
The local Hindus are now saying that “the mystery of big chunk of Mutton in the Biryani at a price of Rs 80/- at Haji Da Biryani has been divulged. There was mixing of Beef in the Mutton Biryani”.
There was no big queue in front of the Biryani Shop and the Shop’s shutters were tightly closed under three locks.
We noticed that the hording of the shop mentioned two contradictory identity of the ownership of the food mart. While “786/92” was written on the top side of the hording, there was seen a mention of “Mahamaya Fast Food Center”.
A tea shop owner near the Haji Da Biriyani told HENB that the shop was earlier owned by a Hindu and he used to run the Mahamaya Fast Food Center. But, the Muslim Biryani Food Chain ‘Haji Da Biriyani’ took over the fast food center on rent and started the Biryani Shop some years back.
Ranjan, a Diwali time temporary flower and puja item vendor on the footpath near the closed ‘Haji Da Biriyani’ told HENB that he would like to perform three day’s fasting and to sip gaumutra (cow urine) with tusli (basil leaf) when he would be returning to his home after completing his Diwali business. Cause: One day Ranjan also consumed that adulterated biryani seeing its low price at Rs 80/- only.
Ranjan promised in soliloquy that he would never eat any food item from any Muslim food marts, restaurants and even would ever purchase nothing from any Muslim shop!
Through a bitter experience, Ranjan took a ‘right decision’ not to have Biriyani from any Muslim shop or not to purchase anything from any Muslim shops! But, what about those Hindus who think they will die if they don’t eat Biryani from Haji’s, Gazi’s, Sabir’s, Royal’s, Alia’s, Galib’s, Aminia’s, Sufia’s and hundreds of Muslim eating house, restaurants, hotels whose kitchen secrets are unknown to us.
‘No Beef’ and ‘100% Halal’ declaration at their end don’t ensure anything for the Hindu Customers at all these days.
“Devout Hindus must not eat anything in any Muslim owned eating house. It is a high risk and Adharmi (unrighteous) work”, told Upananda Brahmachari, Editor, Hindu Existence and Hindu Interlocutor to HENB.