August 3, 2016 5:27:08 am
After his employees were booked under the Cow Slaughter Act, Suresh Chaudhary, who is licenced to pick up animal carcasses, on Tuesday said his business has been affected since the incident.
“On an average we used to get around 10 to 15 carcasses on a daily basis from Malaut town but after this incident, men are scared,” said Chaudhary, who demanded that the FIR against his employees be quashed. “No carcass has been collected from Malaut for the past two days.”
On Sunday, five men were booked after they were found chopping up a dead animal on Sekhu Road. While three of them managed to escape, the other two were arrested and booked under the Cow Slaughter Act, after members of a cow protection group associated with the BJP complained against them. Police later confirmed that the carcass was that of a buffalo.
“The three are on the run fearing arrest,” said Chaudhry. “In fact, one of the arrested men isn’t my employee. He is the gardener in whose orchard the buffalo was found. He was only helping my men.”
Jassa Kang, chairman of co-operative market society, an Akali Dal member, said, “I had arranged a meeting of the contractor with the police when he sought help. Now it is up to the police to find out the truth. Chopping up of the animal in the open isn’t justified but they did not slaughter a cow as per the information I received.”
DSP Manvinder Vir Singh confirmed that Chaudhry had met him and given his statement. “Any changes in the FIR will be done after complete inquiry. Due action will be taken for skinning and chopping body parts of dead buffalo in open,” he said.
Cow protection unit Sri Sham Mitr Mandal Bhartiya Gau Kranti Dal, which had registered the case, demanded a proper investigation into the matter.
“We saw the horrifying scenes, which is why the men ran away in panic. If they were truthful, they should have stayed back. Now, after the event, one can give many versions. In any case, police will investigate the matter and find out the truth,” said Pankaj Bansal, Gau Kranti Dal.
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