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In view of Bakrid and the anti-cow slaughter law, the Karnataka government has asked police officers to keep a strict vigil on the sale, transport, and slaughter of cattle in the state.
In Bengaluru, checkposts and patrolling squads have been set up to monitor the movement of cattle from outside the state and in the city.
“They have established the check post specially for this purpose. All the departments, including police, Regional Transport Office [RTO], Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike [BBMP], and animal husbandry, are on duty,” Abdul Azeem, Karnataka State Minorities Commission Chairman, said.
“I spoke to the personal secretary of the chief minister. They wanted to enforce this law aggressively. Last time, some cases were reported. But this time, not a single case has been reported so far,” he added.
The law, which came into force in January last year, imposes a blanket ban on the slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks of all ages and buffaloes aged under 13.
The government has formed special teams comprising BBMP and police officials to keep a close watch and to enforce the law in sensitive areas of Bengaluru.
Prabhu Bhamla Chavan, Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister, said that post the enforcement of the anti-cow slaughter law, 15,000 animals have been protected and over 700 cases have been registered.
Officials have appealed to the Muslim community to abide by the order and refrain from slaughtering cattle during Bakrid. They urged the people of the state to respect the sentiments of other communities and also to avoid any action by violating the law.
“We have also spoken to directors, commissioners, secretaries and the home minister about Bakrid. There will be police at every checkpoint,” Chavan said.
“I request people not to slaughter cows during Bakrid. If they violate the law, they will be jailed and a fine of Rs 50,000-Rs 5 lakh will be imposed,” Chavan added.
Amid strict implementation of the law and officials’ warning of stern action against the offenders, the ban has, however, affected low-and-middle-income Muslims.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad thinks while everyone should abide by the law, people should not be stopped from slaughtering cattle which have not been banned under the law.
The checkpoints should also not be “collection points” for the police, he said.
“So, here, the issue is, they’ve banned cows and certain breeds of cattle. But which they’ve not banned, they want to restrict,” said Arshad.
“Secondly, they have set up checkpoints, which is good. Let them have the checkpoints, but they should not be collection points. Half of the issue here is that the police department and the activists from the right wing who claim to be saving the cows are hand in glove in making money from this,” he added.
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