Mangaluru: The Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) will hold a historic protest against illegal cow slaughtering and cow trafficking on July 13 in the city, said the District President of Vishwa Hindu Parishat, M B Puranik, in a press meet held at the VHP office, PVS Circle Kodialbail here, on July 8.
Addressing the mediapersons, Puranik said that cow trafficking, attacking cows with deadly weapons and illegal cow slaughtering is rampant in coastal Karnataka. “But the state government has showed negligence on such issues which has encouraged those slaughtering cows illegally to commit more crimes. We have informed the police but they are not taking any action against the traffickers or illegal cow slaughters. The Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964 is still in effect but cows have been taken like chickens and goats to slaughter houses.”
He further said that 90% of the cows which are taken to the slaughter houses are stolen and not legally purchased. Cow traffickers are transporting cows to the slaughter houses without fear. From the past three days, our members have been informing the police to take action against cow traffickers. The police are not taking any action and say that they have lack of staff.
“When our activists try to protect the cows, they are booked under the Goonda Act or IPC section 307. But when we request the police to take action against the traffickers, they are hesitant to do so. We have organized a protest on July 13 in this regard and it will start from 8 am from different places, all the participants will reach Jyothi at 2 pm,” he said. A vehicle ‘jatha’ will be held from Udupi, Karkala, Moodbidri, Dharmasthala, Puttur, Talapadi and all the participants will gather at Jyothi. From Jyothi, there will be a procession and all the participants will gather at the Nehru Maidan at 4 pm for a stage programme.
Vice president of Central Goraksha Committee Hukum Singh Chawla will be the speaker. More than 10,000 people from Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kerala will take part in the protest.
Addressing the mediapersons convener of the Goraksha Committee Dr P Ananthakrishna Bhat said, “It is a historic protest. We are holding such a protest for the first time against the government, police department and the cow traffickers. On one hand, the government is encouraging milk producers by providing them various schemes and on the other, cow traffickers are free to transport the cows illegally. We need to bring control over such acts and stop illegal cow slaughtering and cow trafficking. Milk is a basic need for everyone but day-by-day, cows are decreasing in numbers because of trafficking.”
He urged all the people who have lost their cows to join the protest, forgetting caste, creed and religion.
Kateel Dinesh Pai, Sharan Pumpwell, Jagadish Shenava, Jitendra Kottari, Gopal Kuthar and Bhujang Kulal were also present.