Taking their campaign against cow slaughter a step further, anti-cow slaughter activists in Tal town of Ratlam district observed a total bandh on Sunday demanding a ban on trade of cows and cattle in the weekly haat to stop the animals from allegedly ending up in slaughter houses.
The ban has been put in place, it was informed Monday.
The activists, most of them belonging to the Bajrang Dal and the VHP, also protested against the district administration and the police for apparently burying the carcasses of 28 cattle, found dead inside a truck in a nearby village late on Friday, in a hurry.
Despite their campaign and repeated warnings, the police were doing little to stop illegal transport of cows, the activists said. They cited the death of the cows in the Rajasthan-registered truck as proof that cattle is being transported out of Madhya Pradesh despite the tight anti-cow slaughter law.
Tal is about 65 km from Ratlam city.
Sohan Vishwakarma, VHP leader and in-charge of gauraksha campaign, said: “We have been warning the police about illegal transport of cows for a year now. But they (the police) are, at most times, hand in glove with those engaged in transport and slaughter — they let cows cross the border.’’
He claimed that people who buy from the weekly haat are traders, not farmers.