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Ban on sale of cattle for slaughter: Chennai protest, Rajasthan HC wants cow as national animal and more

Police in Chennai lodge cases against organisers of beef fest, students protest outside IIT Madras, and Tripura decides to defy central rule on stopping sale of cattle for meat.

india Updated: May 31, 2017 17:34 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Cattle Slaughter,Beef Ban,Rajasthan
Criticism continued to pour in over a Union government notification last week banning cattle markets from where cows and buffalos are bought for slaughterhouses. (AP FILE PHOTO)

A notification announced last week banning sale of cattle for slaughter has triggered nationwide controversy with state governments, political parties and members of the public protesting the order that is being seen as an attempt by the Union government to control consumption of beef.

Seven developments on Wednesday:

1) The Rajasthan high court said cow should be declared the national animal and asked the state government to make slaughtering cows punishable with life imprisonment. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on death of cows in government-run Hingonia, near Jaipur, in 2016.

2) The Kerala high court said the Centre’s notification banning sale of cattle in animal markets has not banned sale of beef. The court said there was nothing in the new rule that takes away the right of people with regard to eating beef.

3) Pro-Left student bodies in Chennai staged a protest outside IIT Madras, condemning an attack on Tuesday on a PhD scholar who took part in a beef festival on the campus. They claimed R Sooraj was beaten up at the behest of right-wing Hindu groups.

4) Chennai police lodged two police cases, one against nine students who assaulted Sooraj and another against those who organised the beef festival. On basis of a complaint filed by the assaulters, Sooraj was booked for causing hurt and wrongful restrain.

Police personnel try to control a protest by the Students Federation of India(SFI) in Chennai on Wednesday. ( HT Photo )

5) The DMK also held protests in Tamil Nadu’s capital city, saying times are such that “we should eat only what the prime minister desires”. MK Stalin warned of another “Marina revolution”, a reference to the mass protests against the ban on animal-taming sport Jallikattu, if the notification was not withdrawn.

6) Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the attack on Sooraj and asked Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to take necessary action.

7) The Tripura government said it will not implement the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter as it is “against interest of people”. Tripura became the fourth state after Kerala, Karnataka and Bengal to reject the Centre’s ban.

First Published: May 31, 2017 16:53 IST