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BSF cruel to its camels, says NGO

An animal welfare Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) has lodged a complaint with the Chhawala police station against BSF officials for transporting around 60 of its camels in an allegedly cruel manner from Rajasthan to Delhi for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations next year.

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2010 00:05 IST
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An animal welfare Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) has lodged a complaint with the Chhawala police station against BSF officials for transporting around 60 of its camels in an allegedly cruel manner from Rajasthan to Delhi for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations next year.

The NGO, International Organisation for Animal Protection (OIPA), in its complaint said around 60 camels were brought by the BSF recently in ordinary trucks via Gurgaon. The complaint read, "The camels of the BSF are being shifted in a cruel manner, with (their feet) tied…camels are travelling under heavy stress, pain and injury to take part in the Republic Day celebrations."

OIPA's Naresh Kadyan said, "The mode of transport of these camels by the BSF is in violation of section 3, 11, 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Cattle Transport Rule, 1978, amended in 2001." Kadyan said he had sought help of the Gurgaon police to stop the camels' transport but they allegedly "failed to stop the animals' abuse."

The transported camels, belonging to the Nachna breed, are used for ceremonial occasions and are part of the BSF's 800-strong camel contingent, according to Kadyan. BSF's camels, belonging to several breeds, help in patrolling the India-Pakistan international border running across Rajasthan and Gujarat; these camels usually work for 15 years before retiring, he said.

The complaint was lodged against BSF's commandant, 25th battalion located at Chhawala camp in outer Delhi.

As many as 40 more camels are expected to be transported from Bikaner shortly, said the complaint. "The camels should be brought on foot to save them from injury and pain," said Kadyan.

The BSF however denied OIPA's allegations. Said BSF's Inspector General of police AM Bhatnagar, (Headquarter), "We have been transporting camels from Rajasthan without violating any norms. Camels are kept in sitting condition while being transported."

He added, " Three camels are being transported in one truck. While transporting we ensure that one camel does not injure other. Every year we transport 50 to 60 camels to participate in Republic Day parade."