PFA’s Haryana chief says he trained Delhi suspects, had worked under Maneka Gandhi

“I was asked by Mrs Maneka Gandhi to conduct the training then. I remember during the exercise we had caught a truck carrying brushes made of mongoose hair," Kadyan told The Indian Express.

Written by Ankita Dwivedi Johri | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2017 8:16 am
maneka gandhi, gau rakshak, cow protection, cow attack, buffalo transport, kalkaji cow protection, kalkaji cow attack, cow assault, delhi PFA, delhi, delhi news, indian express news, india news Ashu, Rizwan and Kamil at a police station in Delhi. File photo

The chairman of the People for Animals (PFA) Haryana unit, Naresh Kadyan, has claimed that the two suspects in Saturday’s attack on three men transporting buffaloes in Delhi were trained by him — and that he had been conducting such “training” since 2005, allegedly on instructions from Maneka Gandhi, now the Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

“I was asked by Mrs Maneka Gandhi to conduct the training then. I remember during the exercise we had caught a truck carrying brushes made of mongoose hair. I told the volunteers that the first thing to do in such a situation is to call the police and let them do their job,” Kadyan told The Indian Express.

Read | 3 transporting buffaloes assaulted at Kalkaji: 1 held, another PFA member emerges as suspect

“Brothers Gaurav Gupta and Saurabh Gupta (accused in Saturday’s attack) were part of the exercise… I don’t know what kind of work these people now do under the umbrella of People for Animals… this is not the training I gave them,” said Kadyan, referring to Saturday’s assault.

According to its Facebook page — its website peopleforanimalsindia.org has been deactivated since Sunday — PFA is “India’s largest animal welfare organization”, with a network of 26 hospitals, 165 units and 2.5 lakh members.

Many PFA unit members said that the Union Minister was the organisation’s “leading founding member and guide”. Websites of most of the units said these chapters were set up “under the advice of Smt. Maneka Gandhi”.

Both the FIRs registered in connection with Saturday’s incident, and the PFA’s website, have listed the organisation’s address as 14, Ashoka Road, New Delhi, 110001, which is the official residence of Maneka Gandhi.

In 2013, PFA’s Facebook page ran a series titled ‘You Ask SHE Answers (All answers by Smt. Maneka Gandhi)’.

When contacted by The Indian Express, Gandhi declined to respond to queries on her role in the PFA.

“It is under the guidance of Maneka Gandhi that we have over 150 units today. But every unit has different goals and trustees,” said Biplab Mahapatra, PFA in-charge for Odisha.

Surat Prasad Gupta, in charge of PFA’s Agra Unit, said Gandhi is a “mentor” for the organisation, which is an “NGO minus any government backing”.

“Each unit generates its own money through donations and campaigns. We are affiliated with the Animal Welfare Board of India and receive a nominal amount from them through annual grants,” says Prasad.

According to data available on the website of the Animal Welfare Board of India, an advisory government body, two PFA units, Goa and Wardha, received grants of Rs 3,91,680 and Rs 3,70,000, respectively, under the Animal Birth Control scheme in 2015-16.

While its Facebook page, with “1,11,068 likes”, claimed that the group works to only “rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals”, members of several of its units said that “raids” have been a part of the organisation’s functioning, especially in Delhi.

“Gaurav Gupta and his brother Saurabh Gupta are part of the ‘raid team’ of the Delhi chapter. They hail from Ghaziabad and have full support from the top. They have been conducting raids along with volunteers for 10-12 years now and have been part of some major rescue operations,” said Ravi Dubey, founder and president of PFA, Faridabad.

Dubey said that the brothers also “raided homes with police if they found out that the residents were in possession of some illegal animal items, such as tiger hide”.

“I didn’t work much with them (Gaurav Gupta and Saurabh Gupta) but they are a part of the field work unit that conducted raids. They respond to complaints of animal cruelty, illegal wildlife trade, etc. They worked with independent volunteers,” said Rajiv Jain, 50, former president and member of PFA’s Delhi unit, which was established in 1998.

Manoj Kumar, vice president, PFA, Faridabad, said his unit conducts “one raid a month with about two-six volunteers”.

“Usually, our informers tip us off, and we get in touch with police and stop these vehicles. The animals are then taken to shelters, gaushalas, or PFA hospitals,” said Kumar.

At the Odisha branch, the average stands at “two-three raids a month to rescue animals that are being transported illegally”.

“We usually work in collaboration with the police because technically we have no authority to stop these vehicles,” said Mahapatra. Haryana’s Kadyan said, “It is not our prerogative to conduct raids. But with so many PFA units, little can be done to stop people who do such things. Ab poori dadagiri chalti hai (they have become bullies).”

The three men, who were assaulted on a main South Delhi road on Saturday night, have claimed that their attackers were travelling in vehicles with stickers of PFA on them. Police said they were called to the spot by Gaurav Gupta.

The vehicle that was intercepted was transporting buffaloes from Haryana’s Pataudi to Ghazipur in east Delhi. Police said two FIRs have been filed — one against the men transporting the animals; the other against unknown persons for assaulting them.

The men transporting the animals — Rizwan (25) and Kamil (25), and Ashu (28) from Mathura — were arrested under IPC section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act on the basis of a complaint by PFA members, police said. They were released on bail.

A case under IPC sections 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) was registered against unknown persons on a complaint filed by the driver of the vehicle, police said.

According to police, four FIRs have been registered this year on complaints received from PFA. Of these, three were registered by Gupta at Sarojini Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave and Kalkaji police stations — the last one over Saturday’s incident.

“In all these three FIRs, Gupta has mentioned his address as 14, Ashok Road, New Delhi. He mentions his designation as honorary animal welfare officer with the Animal Welfare Board of India and an officer posted with the wildlife crime and cruelty cell of the PFA,” Delhi Police DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya said.

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    Mital Khetani
    Apr 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    PFA is doing Excellent work since decades...God bles them...Entire nation is with PFA
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      K
      Apr 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm
      Pfa has always been there to rescue any animal that I found. They do an amazing job with minimal resources and their volunteers are dedicated to the cause. Some people are haters.
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        Mrinanjali
        Apr 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm
        PFA is doing a great job for animals. I don't think they were involved in the incident.
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          Naren Pakalapati
          Apr 26, 2017 at 5:37 am
          PFA is very helpful and responsive. Picked up two dogs and treated them last week, did a surgery for my cat last year. Great organisation
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            Abhay
            Apr 26, 2017 at 4:18 am
            PfA is doing great job. only organisation in India doing such a large scale animal welfare with fantastic results. They help animal lovers and show them the way to fight injustice and cruelty. Hats off to their dedication. Media will not show how cattle smuggling is going on, but they will show/write fabricated stories about PFA. Indian express didn't even checked the authenticity of the people whose statements they publish. SHAME.
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              VK bhatnagar
              Apr 25, 2017 at 8:18 pm
              I am proud of Pfa they are not doing any illegal activity they are helping animals and animal lovers V k Bhatnagar Bhopal vkb311254@gmail
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                Sarthak Mahapatra
                Apr 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                PFA is one of the organisation which should flourish in all parts of India. It should be given a lot of donations and should also get rights from police and other governmental organisation to continue the good job. It should be present everywhere in the country. World is equal for animals also.
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                  santosh hyderabad
                  Apr 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm
                  PFA as been doing a Great Job. Voice for Animals
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                    Harshita Vishwakarma
                    Apr 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm
                    Pfa is doing a great job by saving the innocent animals, they should not be punished for some1 else's crimes. I support pfa!
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                      Kasturi Ballal
                      Apr 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                      Whenever there is cruelty going, PFA is working to save d animal. Many of d PFA volunteers & members r working 24x7 to save animals. With d support & guidance of Mrs hi so many units are able to get land for making animal shelter. Atheist There is someone in this country whom we can look upon and look for justice. PFA is now a b due to its hard work. Many people are jealous and wants to Defame Us. Defame PFA. But The Truth Never Dies that Pfa Is working Across Country To Save Animals.
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                        Sugandha dua
                        Apr 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm
                        I had worked for pfa for a month or so and can confirm that there is no foul play whatsoever. I was amazed to know the length of work done by pfa for animals in India. Sadly the good has been ignored and hidden under wraps. If someone uses the name illegaly, what can be done. Every dog that suffers or a cow being transported is taken so seriously, that i felt that what we were doing outside was nothing but a sham. Pfa does the real work. Ground breaking work. Its very hard to face the sad face of animals in India and takes a lot of courage to fight for them. Pfa does far more work than any other organisation in India. We all should support it and save it from such issues as it is our duty to honour such an organisation who fights for our own animals who cant fight for themselves.
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                          Varun
                          Apr 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm
                          PFA as been doing a Greta Job. Keep it up guys..
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                            Pragati Sharma
                            Apr 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm
                            Keep the goood work going PFA. Things you are doing for the animals is amazing and we all support you✌
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                              Prachi Goel
                              Apr 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                              I totally support PFA and they are doing a wonderful work by saving the voiceless life.
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                                Deepak Ojha
                                Apr 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm
                                PFA has been doing what no authority dared to do....
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                                  SH
                                  Apr 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                                  PFA you guys are doing what police should have done. If police & law were strict then these poor Animals wouldn't have been treated like a piece of ....Hats off to you guys
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                                    Piyush Panjwani
                                    Apr 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                                    PFA is doing a great work . God bless them ! We would protest if anyone tries to shut down PFA !
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                                      Pk Sharma
                                      Apr 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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                                        mumbai
                                        Apr 25, 2017 at 10:49 am
                                        They receive a lot of money also for this. more and more Hindus shall join them and get money for killing muslims. By killing muslims you are saving hinduism.
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                                          Peace
                                          Apr 25, 2017 at 9:27 am
                                          If the Guptas are beheaded once ...
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                                            Subhadra
                                            Apr 25, 2017 at 8:56 am
                                            this government and cons ution is made by people, for people, of the people. animals have no basic rights. poachers and their backers make lot of money, name and fame.
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