Badli and neighbouring areas in Jhajjar district of Haryana Sunday saw protests following the discovery of cattle remains over the last few days.
Villagers camped on roads and blocked all entry and exit points to the district, disrupting traffic on national highways connecting Delhi with Rohtak and Hisar. By evening, all entry and exit points to Jhajjar were blocked.
The villagers started camping on NH-10 from midnight and by morning, they had blocked it completely, forcing the district police to divert traffic. Police were deployed in and around Badli and on the borders of Jhajjar.
On September 14, cattle remains were found in Nimana and Majri villages. On the night of September 15, around 22 people suspected to be involved in cow slaughter business were nabbed by police. To protest against the alleged rise in cow slaughter incidents in the region, a mahapanchayat was held in Badli on September 16 and September 18. While the villagers were already agitated, more cattle remains were discovered by a Badli villager late Saturday evening, triggering protests.
Villagers of Dulhera, Daboda, Chhara, Mandothi and neighbouring areas Sunday descended on the highways and blocked traffic.
Activist Gopal Das, who has been raising his voice against cow slaughter in Haryana, joined the protesters Sunday. He declared he would march to the PM’s residence carrying cattle remains if police failed to curb such incidents.
The BJP, too, reached Jhajjar and accused the state of protecting cattle smugglers and those involved in cow slaughter. BJP Kisan Morcha’s president O P Dhankar demanded that President’s rule be imposed in the state.
“We are holding talks with villagers and representatives of protesting organisations. Our priority at this point is to maintain law and order,” said Balbir Singh, SP, Jhajjar.