Activists of Gau Raksha Dal along with representatives of different social organisations on Thursday flayed the state government for its failure to initiate action against the slaughter of cows in state.
Addressing media persons here, Gau Raksha Dal national president Satish Kumar said, "After the Joga incident in June 2012, the government had announced to set up a Cow Memorial at the factory where the cow carcasses were found. Besides this, several other announcements were also made for the safety of cows but no action had been taken so far by the government."
"The smuggling of cows for slaughter is on increase in Punjab. Earlier the people used to transport cows in open vehicles but these days, the slaughterers have started using boxed vehicles (with fabricated covered body and properly sealed using tapes so that cow-dung or urine do not get spilled on roads). Police is doing nothing to curb smuggling and our workers are not able to detect each and every case," said Yog Raj Sharma, state president of Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray.
"After the detection of Joga massacre, CM had declared to create Cow Protection Cell in each district. He fulfilled his promise but these cells are there in papers only. On ground nothing exists. In the recent past, our workers have detected smuggling of cows at Ludhiana, Malerkotla, Dirhba and Sunam. We are feeling helpless and had left no option than to come on roads in protest," he added. Harish Singla, vice president of state Gau Raksha Dal demanded the policies for cow protection on the Haryana pattern.
"Government at Haryana had created cow protection cells in each district and had provided infrastructure and staff to these cells. Besides, efforts are made by the government to save the green-lands from illegal possessions allowing cows to graze. The government had made really sincere efforts there but here in Punjab nobody is serious. Under political patronage, the cow-slaughter is again flourishing as a trade," he said.
The representatives of different organisations present there announced to hold a state level protest in Malerkotla on August 5.