THE VISHWA Hindu Parishad and other saffron-leaning outfits have called for Ujjain district bandh on Monday to protest against the mysterious death of some 15 cows on Chimanganj Mandi premises late Saturday night. The police have made tight security arrangements to maintain peace.
Activists of VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena gathered at the Mandi after getting information of the death of cows and blocked the Ujjain-Agar Road. The protesters termed the incident as an act perpetrated by antisocial elements wanting to disturb communal peace of the town and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
They alleged that the cows were killed by a section of a minority community to hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community.
Collector Neeraj Mandloi and SP Jaideep Prasad reached the spot and promised to take stringent action against the guilty. Post-mortem of the dead animals was performed at night. Veterinary officials confirmed that the cows had died after eating poisonous wheat atta.
The protesters were adamant on bandh call even as officials were pressed that the incident might have occurred due to a mere lapse and the matter was being investigating. VHP leader Ashok Kotwani announced that his organisation had called an ‘Ujjain bandh’ on Monday to protest the incident.
Several flourmills are functioning on the Mandi premises and they usually throw away the residue after grinding the grain. Cows eat the residue that might be mixed with urea or other material, Mandi officials said.
Meanwhile, the Congress has also joined the issue and staged a protest at Kanthal Choraha against the proposed bandh. City president Batuk Shankar Joshi said the bandh call was unnecessary and alleged that the flourmills were owned by relatives of State minister Paras Jain.