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Cattle smuggling rampant due to police inaction, alleges Gau Gyan Foundation

Bhubaneswar, Oct 9: The Gau Gyan Foundation (GGF), a Delhi-based NGO on Thursday alleged due to nexus between police personnel and cattle mafias cattle smuggling has become a headache in the State and demanded strict implementation of various laws like the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the Motor Vehicle Act to check the practice.

GGF spokesperson Jagpreet Luthra in a Press conference here alleged that, “Due to the nexus of police and cattle mafias particularly between Baleswar district police hundreds of cattle are being transported to West Bengal through Seragarh toll gate.”

“The east coast of Odisha is one of the heaviest smuggling points for cattle that are transported from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and taken to West Bengal and Bangladesh for the purpose of slaughter. I rescued 358 cattle in Kusapullah, Khordha in October 2013 with the help of the police but i was betrayed by the cops later,” allege Luthra.

Luthra said at Sergarh toll gate where 80 per cent of the vehicular smuggling of cattle happens, no remedial measures has been taken by the neither by the district nor by police administration.

Alleging that the Baleswar SP Awinaas Kumar and Khantapada police station IIC Sankarsan Dalai under whose jurisdiction the toll gate falls are personally responsible for having facilitated the smuggling of at least 20,000 cows, bulls, calves and bullocks for the purpose of slaughter recently despite frequent appeals for appropriate action.

Hence, we demand strict implementation of the Transportation of Animals Rules, 1978, the Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, the Motor Vehicles Act to stop the illegality, said GGF State in-charge Debasish Patnaik. 

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