Bullock cart races on despite ban

One organised at Ramgarh; another race scheduled to be held at Bhagaur village

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:April 5, 2012 1:02 am

One organised at Ramgarh; another race scheduled to be held at Bhagaur village

Despite the ban on the use of bulls as performing animals,bullock cart races were held at Ramgarh village located in Doraha on Tuesday afternoon. About 30 participants were present in this race.

Animal activists also swung into action a day after. Naresh Kadyan of the International Organisation for Animal Protection today filed a police complaint seeking the registration of an FIR against the Punjab Bail Dodak Committee,which organised these races.

It needs to be mentioned that in February,the police had got bull races cancelled at Kila Raipur because of the ban imposed by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in July 2011.

Apart from this,another bullock cart race will be organised at village Bhagaur located near Khanna on April 9,at which Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Jagjivan Pal Singh Khirnia will be the chief guest.

Asked for his comments,the deputy director (animal husbandry) said,“We have written to the police commissioner because they are the implementing authority. We have referred to the coming games at Khanna village as well.”

At Kila Raipur,however,the police authorities were strict enough to ban the races. But this has not been done at Ramgarh,where the organisers managed to hold the event without any disruption.

According to Kadyan,one bull and a rider were also injured in this race,though the owners were taking special care of their animals.

Meanwhile,bullock cart owners maintained that they were organising this event to keep traditions alive and also to make the maximum use of their bulls who are no longer being used in the fields because of advanced agriculture practices.

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said that he is yet to see the complaint and will take action accordingly.

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