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Special squad to check cow slaughter and smuggling in Haridwar

dehradun Updated: Oct 21, 2017 21:01 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,cow smuggling,Haridwar

Cow is an emotive issue in BJP-ruled states, with vigilantes targeting those engaged in their trade and slaughter.(AP)

DEHRADUN: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday said he had directed the police authorities to constitute a special squad to keep a check on cow smuggling in Haridwar.

“The directions to constitute a special squad for Haridwar have been issued. The step was taken following complaints regarding increasing incidence of cow slaughter and smuggling being reported from that district,” Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of the Police Commemoration Day Parade.

“The step was taken because slaughter of cows and their smuggling is completely banned in the state under the Uttarakhand Protection of Cow Progency Act, 2007,” he said, adding that all activities related to slaughter of cows and their smuggling are illegal in the state.

Cow is an emotive issue in BJP-ruled states, with vigilantes targeting those engaged in their trade and slaughter. Uttarakhand is no exception to the trend. Katarpur, 70 km from Dehradun, has a ‘Gau Rakshak memorial’ where an annual function is organised to pay tributes to those who laid down their lives to protect the cow. Villagers have been demanding that those who died be declared “freedom fighters’.

Allowances for policemen

Rawat announced that a special fund of Rs 3 crore was created for the police department and that the monetary compensation given to the dependents of police personnel was increased.

“The amount to be given to the dependents of the police personnel was increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh,” he said at the Police Commemoration Day function. “The Rs 3 crore fund was created so that police personnel can meet official expenses which they had to pay from their pockets. It will help to root out what is termed as compulsive corruption.”

Rawat announced that police personnel would get better residential facilities. “We are committed to providing them better residential facilities considering that official residences given to them constitute 18% against the national average of 25%.”

Motorcycle allowance for constables and head constables was hiked from Rs 400 per month to Rs 1,200 per month, he said. “Similarly, trainers serving at police training centres at Narendra Nagar and Haridwar will be entitled to 15% (training) allowance of monthly salaries.”

Two police stations and one reporting police chawki would be set up to strengthen law and order and to check smuggling of contrabands and intoxicants. An amount of Rs 1.83 crore had been distributed among 392 police personnel as medical reimbursement in the current fiscal.

Later, Rawat paid tribute to 379 police personnel who were killed in action

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 21:00 IST