Agra: Photos of a purported 'beef party' at the Central Hindi Institute surfaced on social media, triggering protests by right-wing groups and prompting authorities to launch an inquiry into the matter.
Institute officials said that prima facie no evidence was found of any such party on campus after photos of the alleged beef party at the CHI hostel appeared online in the evening yesterday.
Senior police officials and magistrate Rekha Chauhan also visited the CHI premises to inquire into the issue, which today led to a demonstration at the gates of CHI by a group of Bajrang Dal activists.
Meanwhile, CHI Registrar Chandra Kant Tripathi said that an initial inquiry had yielded no evidence of any such party on the institute's campus. A CHI official added that non-vegetarian food is not served at their hostels.
Students from many countries study Hindi at CHI, which is a premier institute under the Union HRD ministry for promoting and popularising Hindi globally.
Agra is already tense with a series of agitations and the 'maha gherao' on Friday for protesting the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Arun Mahaur who was opposed to cow slaughter.