Cattle smuggling rampant due to police inaction, alleges Gau Gyan Foundation

Bhubaneswar, Oct 9: The
Gau Gyan Foundation (GGF), a Delhi-based NGO on Thursday alleged due to nexus between
police personnel and cattle mafias cattle smuggling has become a headache in the
State and demanded strict implementation of various laws like the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the Motor Vehicle Act to check the practice.
GGF spokesperson Jagpreet
Luthra in a Press conference here alleged that, “Due to the nexus of police and
cattle mafias particularly between Baleswar district police hundreds of cattle
are being transported to West Bengal through Seragarh toll gate.”
“The east coast of
Odisha is one of the heaviest smuggling points for cattle that are transported
from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and taken to West Bengal and
Bangladesh for the purpose of slaughter. I rescued 358 cattle in Kusapullah,
Khordha in October 2013 with the help of the police but i was betrayed by the cops
later,” allege Luthra.
Luthra said at Sergarh
toll gate where 80 per cent of the vehicular smuggling of cattle happens, no
remedial measures has been taken by the neither by the district nor by police administration.
Alleging that the Baleswar
SP Awinaas Kumar and Khantapada police station IIC Sankarsan Dalai under whose jurisdiction
the toll gate falls are personally responsible for having facilitated the
smuggling of at least 20,000 cows, bulls, calves and bullocks for the purpose
of slaughter recently despite frequent appeals for appropriate action.

Hence, we demand strict
implementation of the Transportation of Animals Rules, 1978, the Orissa
Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, the Motor Vehicles Act to stop the
illegality, said GGF State in-charge Debasish Patnaik. 

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