Senior Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Ghanshyam Tiwari on Sunday said that a cowhide and horn smuggling racket was behind the death of over 500 cows in the Jaipur Municipal Corporation-run Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation Centre (HCRC). He demanded a probe by the central investigating bureau (CBI) or by a serving high court judge.
This comes as major embarrassment to the ruling party facing flak from all quarters over cow deaths. Earlier, the state government had claimed that the cows that had died at the rehab centre were “sick, old and malnourished.”
Along with the activists of Deen Dayal Vahini, Tiwari sat on a fast at former vice-president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s memorial in Jaipur. The agitators tied white gags as a symbol of resentment.
Earlier, the BJP MLA said the cow deaths at the HCRC were not just a result of mismanagement. “Behind it is an active network involved in smuggling of bovine skin and horns which has connection to top…In this situation, a probe should be conducted by CBI or serving high court judge,” he said.
The six-time MLA also asked why the state government had not taken any action on the people responsible for the cow deaths. “The government is just trying to cover up (the incident). Bovine smuggling has increased seven to eight times since this government has come to power,” he said.
Sidelined within the party, the MLA from Jaipur’s Sanganer assembly seat said the state government had lost the trust of its workers and MLAs. He said workers were openly expressing their resentment and protesting against the government and the chief minister everywhere.
Associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Tiwari also blamed the state government for demolition of ancient temples in Jaipur for the Metro work.
Cong to stage fast on Aug 16
Continuing the protest over deaths of cows at Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation Center (HCRC), Congress workers in the state capital will keep a fast on Tuesday and pray for better sense (sath buddhi) to prevail on the government.
Jaipur District Congress Committee president Pratap Singh Khachariyawas on Sunday told reporters that the party workers sit on a fast from 11 am to 5pm at Civil Lines crossing. “Despite having resources at the HCRC, the state government has failed to curb deaths of cows. Till date the chief minister did not get the time to visit the centre. None of people responsible (for the deaths) have been punished,” he said. The Congress has also warned to intensify the agitation if action on the issue was not taken soon.
He said that the BJP had now forgotten the cow, their traditional poll plank and were instead trying to suppress the entire episode.