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Shutdown in Bathinda, CM promises a memorial to butchered cattle

HT Correspondents , Hindustan Times  Bathinda/Mansa , June 13, 2012
First Published: 21:39 IST(13/6/2012) | Last Updated: 21:54 IST(13/6/2012)

Amid complete shutdown in Bathinda district on Wednesday in protest against cow slaughter in Mansa, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal promised to build a memorial at the place where cattle were butchered in the past.

Mansa legislator Prem Kumar Mittal led members of Hindu organisations in a protest march across Bathinda over the slaughter of cows in a bone meal manufacturing factory in Mansa's Joga village. The crime was exposed on Sunday.

On Tuesday, it was another complete shutdown in Sangrur, Mandi Gobindgarh, Dhuri, Barnala, Sunam, Bahadurgarh, and Patran towns of the Malwa region, with all markets and commercial establishments closed.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Gau Raksha Dal, Hindu Helpline, and Hindu Raksha Samiti engineered the strike.

On Wednesday, Raminder Singh, commissioner of Faridkot division, visited the factory in Joga and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses. The officials have orders to complete the investigation and hand him a report.

"Chief minister Prakash Singh Badal assured a delegation of the Punjab Gau Sewa Board that the state government would acquire the Joga factory and raise a memorial at its site," a spokesperson of the CM's office has claimed.

Punjab is the first state to have enacted a law for the protection of cows. Anyone selling a cow for slaughter may get up to 10 years of imprisonment under the Act. The CM's statement would deter people running the illegal trade, said the spokesman.

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