Camel sacrificed in Rajasthan, alleges NGO

A camel was reportedly sacrificed on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha in Rajasthan's Tonk city on Wednesday while three were saved by activists of an NGO in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 00:30 IST

A camel was reportedly sacrificed on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha in Rajasthan's Tonk city on Wednesday while three were saved by activists of an NGO in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

A camel was slaughtered at a complex owned by a Nawab in Tonk city, the NGO, People For Animals (PFA), alleged in a statement in Jaipur.

Police, however, said they were not aware of the incident. "The police department had no instructions to stop it, to witness the event or deploy force there," SP Prem Singh Chudawat said.

Condemning the incident, state PFA Chairman Babu Lal Jaju said the state government remained a mute spectator to the incident.

Local leader Farooq Hussain, however, said "camel sacrifice in Mubarak Mahal is a century-old custom and observed in a congenial manner at a private place every year. Why should anyone be annoyed with Muslim customs and religion".

In Indore, the NGO claimed three camels were saved from being sacrificed by its activists with the help of district administration.

The NGO said Additional District Magistrate Manish Singh, other district officials and PFA activists convinced leaders of the Muslim community not to sacrifice the camels.

Their persuasion resulted in the minority community handing over the animals to them, it said.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 00:30 IST