In what is being considered the first case under the new ordinance banning cow slaughter in Karnataka, Chikmagalur police have booked a truck driver who was allegedly transporting cattle when he was stopped by a group of unidentified people and assaulted.
Police said Abid Ali, who is also the owner of the truck, was allegedly transporting 12 to 15 cattle head in his truck from Ranebennur to Mangaluru.
Chikkamagaluru SP Akshay M Hakay told The Indian Express that the case has been registered under the new ordinance. According to the police officers, Ali was beaten up by a group of unidentified people on January 8 while he was allegedly transporting the cattle. The group also took away money from him, they said.
“Since Ali was injured, he was taken to a hospital. He is now at a hospital in his hometown Davangere,” an officer said.
The Karnataka government recently promulgated the anti-cow slaughter ordinance that provides for punishment for killing of cattle and offers protection to those “acting in good faith” to save them. The Bill to this effect is yet to be cleared by the Legislative Council.
The state cabinet last week decided to promulgate Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance 2020, which has now received the Governor’s assent.