Sirsa: Activists protest against cow shelter management

  • Richa Sharma, Hindustan Times, Sirsa
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2015 18:34 IST

Scores of activists held a protest demonstration to protest against alleged irregularities in the city's lone cow shelter on Tuesday, even as a hunger strike by others over the issue entered its seventh day.

Security was tightened as the activists, called Gau Bhagats, marched through the main market and burnt the effigy of Shri Gaushala committee chairman, Baburam Goyal.

Outside the gate of Shri Gaushala, Four activists - Susheel Sanin, Bhagwan Das Sanini, Anand and Naresh Saini - have been sitting on a hunger strike since last Tuesday last in protest against poor facilities at the facility.

"More than 22 cows have died due to the carelessness of the Gaushala committee. They are busy in making money in the name of (cow) welfare," Susheel told HT.

Another activist, Naresh, said, "Government should take necessary steps to save these helpless animals that have been losing their lives due to the gaushala committee's negligence."

The activists have further accused the committee of not being transparent regarding funds and also alleged that more than 600 cows are missing from the gaushala for the last couple of months.

However, committee chairman, Goyal, and vice-president, Bajrang Mohan Bansal, denied the allegations.

"Bookkeeping of the shelter funds is transparent. If anyone wants to have a look, they can come to us anytime," they said.

Goyal said some people were trying to create an "unnecessary controversy" and trying to press them to quit their job.

However, the activists, demanding Goyal's resignation, have sent a memorandum to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, urging him to intervene.

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