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Tension prevails in Pathankot after bodies of 9 stray animals found

Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times  Pathankot, November 16, 2013
First Published: 21:10 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:11 IST(16/11/2013)

Tension prevailed after the bodies of nine stray animals, seven cows and two bulls, were seen in various parts of the town on Saturday morning.

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The incident sparked anger with the activists of VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena giving a bandh call to protest the 'killing' of the animals. Shopkeepers in the area also downed their shutters.

Local residents also joined the protest, while members of the Beopar Mandal supported the bandh call. The town wore a deserted look as all shops were closed.

To prevent any untoward incident, SSP Rakesh Kaushal ordered the deployment of police in the town.
Local MLA Ashwani Sharma also reached the spot and tried to pacify the activists. The organisations have given a 24-hour deadline to the police to arrest the culprits behind the heinous act.

As many as seven dead cows and two bulls have been recovered from the town.

Vijay Passi, president of the Gau Sewa Samiti, told HT: "Though it does not seem an act of some anti-social element to spread communal violence, it is shameful."

He alleged, "It seems somebody poisoned the animals in Patel Chowk, Balmiki Chowk and near Khaddi as the bodies were found in these areas."

SDM Sukhmandar Singh claimed that the bodies of the animals had been sent for a postmortem and the exact cause of their deaths would be ascertained after the report.

He said a case would be registered against unidentified persons. "We are investigating the incident," he added.

Meanwhile, Bhisham Pathania, secretary, Nandi Shala Project, said, "We have been demanding a shelter house for these bulls as more than 1,000 stray animals can be seen on the roads."

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