Gautam Budh Nagar authorities and police on Saturday stopped a Gau Raksha (cow protection) rally that started from the Achheja village in Dadri for not taking the required permissions from the administration.
The district administration and police have denied permission to any religious procession in Dadri area, in the aftermath of the Bisada lynching incident.
Officials in the district administration said they are very hesitant to grant permission to any organisation to hold rally or yatra in the city.
Permissions from the district administration and a no objection certificate (NOC) from the police are mandatory to hold rallies or processions.
Rajesh Kumar, sub divisional magistrate (SDM) of Dadri said that the organisers of the Gau Raksha rally had called for the procession without seeking requisite permission from the district administration and the police.
“On receiving the information about a rally, a team of district administration and a strong police force reached the village and stopped the rally. We requested the organisers to call off the rally as it was illegal. We have asked organisers to take permission from the district administration and NOC from the police to hold a rally in future,” said SDM.
Ved Nagar, state president of the Gau Raksha Hindu Dal said that he had taken permission to organise the rally on Ram Navami (October 22), initially.
“After the lynching incident took place, the police suggested that we delay the rally for one more month. Finally, it was decided the rally would be organised on November 21 but it was stopped again by the district administration and the police,” he said.
Nagar said the SDM and the police officials have again delayed the rally for two months and asked him to get fresh permission for the rally that is now scheduled for February 10. “I tried to convince that it will be held peacefully, but the officials denied the permission,” said Ved Nagar.
He said that the volunteers of Gau Raksha Hindu Dal will take out the rally through 30 villages of Dadri.
“It is aimed at educating people about the importance of cow in their daily life. We demand that cow be declared a national animal and the district administration should rejuvenate gaushalas in the city and start an ambulance service for cows,” said Nagar.