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Beef ban affecting people’s health, says Telangana official

Hyderabad, (IANS): A District Collector in Telangana on Friday said that beef ban due to “bad Brahminical culture” is affecting the health of people, especially scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes and advised them to eat what they had been eating for centuries to remain physically fit.

Jayashankar Bhupalapally Collector A. Murali made the controversial remarks while addressing a rally at Eturanagaram to mark World Tuberculosis Day.

“I am telling you because this is a fact. A bad Brahminical culture has come in which is saying we should not to eat beef. This is all nonsense,” he said.

The Indian Administrative Service officer said villagers in Ranga Reddy and Mahabubnagar districts told him during his visits that they had turned weak because beef is no longer available.

“They told me that earlier they used to do hard work because they were eating beef. They want to eat beef but it is not available,” he said.

Murali also criticized the traditions which bar people from eating a particular dish. “People these days wear this mala and that mala and avoid taking meat. This is all nonsense.”

The Collector also asked tribals to eat wild boars as the Forest Department has allowed them to kill this animal. He said that meat of wild boars is in huge demand in countries like US.