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Crowd pullers missing: Kila Raipur Games to ride it out with tractors

While the bullock carts were banned in 2014 following a Supreme Court ruling, the spread of glanders disease has led to Punjab’s Animal Husbandry department order on banning the horse show this year.

punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2018 16:24 IST
Amarpal Singh
Last year during the Kila Raipur Games, the bullock cart owners protested against the Supreme Court’s ban on bullock cart races.
Last year during the Kila Raipur Games, the bullock cart owners protested against the Supreme Court’s ban on bullock cart races.(Illustration by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu)

With the annual Kila Raipur Games set to miss the bullock cart games as well as the horse show this year, the organisers have planned to organise tractor races with new techniques to make the competition tougher.

In addition, the organisers are contemplating conducting dog races too.

While the bullock carts were banned in 2014 following a Supreme Court ruling, the spread of glanders disease has led to Punjab’s Animal Husbandry department order on banning the horse show this year. The glanders disease can be passed on to humans from horses and can prove fatal.

The Grewal Sports Association, organisers of three-day Kila Raipur Games set to kick off on February 2, were hoping to get permission to organise both the events but were in for a disappointment.

Jagbir Singh Grewal, senior advisor of the association, said, “We held meetings with several members of parliament, Ludhiana deputy commissioner, animal husbandry department and even sent our request to the chief minister but we did not get the permission,” he said.

The three-day event will also include a cultural presentation from Rajasthan. Last year during the Kila Raipur Games, the bullock cart owners protested against the Supreme Court’s ban on bullock cart races.

Gursandeep, president of the association, said that bullock cart was the major attraction of the Kila Raipur Games. But post the ban in 2014, Kila Raipur Games lost its sheen and now the horse events are also being cancelle, which will affect the number of visitors.

He mentioned that to support to bullock cart racing they will honour a bull named ‘Manki’ which had been winning the bull cart race for two years before the ban.