SHO, constable removed after ruckus over cow artwork in Jaipur

The use of the dummy cow to convey the message of saving the animal from eating plastic waste at Jawahar Kala Kendra created a controversy on Saturday.

By: PTI | Jaipur | Published: November 22, 2015 9:14 pm
The Styrofoam cow after it was brought down by police; it was in air (right) for barely half an hour.  (Express Photo by Rohit Jain Paras) The Styrofoam cow after it was brought down by police; it was in air (right) for barely half an hour. (Express Photo by Rohit Jain Paras)

A day after the use of a dummy cow as a mid-air art installation caused a commotion at an art summit, the Rajasthan government on Sunday removed a Station House Officer and a constable for alleged dereliction of duty and not tackling the situation properly.

“SHO of Bajaj Nagar Police station, Mahendra Gupta, and constable Sumer Singh have been sent to police lines for dereliction of duty and not tackling the situation properly,” Jaipur Police Commissioner J S Rao said.

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As per media reports, the cops dragged artist Aneesh Ahluwalia by his hair along with another artist Chintan Upadhya to the police station after they protested the removal of the installation, he said.

The use of the dummy cow, made of plastic and hooked to a balloon, to convey the message of saving the animal from eating plastic waste at Jawahar Kala Kendra, a centre of cultural and artistic activities, created a controversy on Saturday with activists raising objection to it and forcing the organisers and the police to pull it down.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also condemned the incident. “I am saddened by the incident that took place at JKK yesterday. The Police Commissioner has extended his apology,” she posted on Twitter.

In another tweet, she said, “The SHO and concerned have been removed and I have spoken to the artist personally.(sic)”

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  1. Pury Blasco
    Nov 24, 2015 at 12:01 am
    FULTON EXTRACTION COMPLETE. GMP-300
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      M.L.Gupta
      Nov 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm
      Why do all such controversial programmes are done in Rajasthan? From all kinds of religious functions to politics to art ti LitFest but no national insutes fror promotion of science & Technology are set up in Rjasthan? What rabid discrimination? These fellows are less than "artists". Rajasthan is a state with abundance of artists (non commercialized so far) from whom these Mumbaiyaa artists can learn a few lessons. There was no need to create unnecessary rumpus unless free publicity was sought.
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        Mahon Bagawat
        Nov 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm
        It is the fault of Ahlwalia and Updhyay, they must understand that Indian police that is controlled by RSS, are both not the brightest lights to understand subtle messages or sarcasm. Or for that matter, 99.99% Indians. What they understand is the shouting matches on news channels, where they can decide whose argument was better based on who shouted the loudest, and also the soaps where every dialog is repeated 5 times to the accompaniment of music, and slogans like garibi hatao, achhe din, swachch bharat by the visionary leaders of India who show how great their vision is by continually inventing great new slogans on a weekly basis- and nowdays tweeting them too to 10 million followers. Well done RSS activists and their rajasthani police. Raje must be punished for speaking against them, it shows she has lost touch with Indian mes and can not understand their needs. Mahon Bagawat mohan @ rsss . com
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          Rajesh Rao
          Nov 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm
          I feel the Police did the right thing. They averted another riot'ering by right wing people to gain attention using that cow as a reason.
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            Vasudevan Venugopal
            Nov 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm
            The daredevil Rajasthan police, regardless of their own personal safety, have added one more feather to their cap by dragging by hair artists Aneesh Ahluwalia and Chintan Upadya to the police station for the "crime" of their protesting removal of their art work! And you know how these artists protest - with swords, bombs and at times cannons. The Government's pion towards development of art and artists is "commendable. Better they do not forget that "ars longa - vita brevis."
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