Karnataka govt mulls withdrawal of cases registered against ‘gau rakshaks’ | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Hours after the anti-cow slaughter ordinance came into effect in Karnataka, the BJP government in Karnataka is mulling over withdrawing all cases registered against ‘gau rakshaks’, who were booked while preventing illegal transportation of cows, in the state.
Prabhu B Chauhan, minister for animal husbandry, Hajj and Wakf, said that the government has plans to withdraw cases registered against gau rakshaks in the wake of implementation of new law. “I will discuss the proposal with chief minister B S Yediyurappa and home minister Basavaraj Bommai,” the minister told reporters in Mangaluru after holding a review meeting on Tuesday.
The government also has plans to set up a dedicated war room to protect cattle in the state. “People may contact the war room to prevent illegal cow slaughtering. Meanwhile, all members of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) should be given identity cards,” he said.
Further, he added that the government will set up at least one ‘gau shala’ to protect cattle in each taluk across the state. “Sanctions to the existing gau shalas in the state will be increased based on the actual expense incurred to protect cattle in those centres. Our country is dependent on agriculture and we worship cows as part of our tradition. We have promulgated the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance with the objectives of protecting cattle. The law has provisions of up to seven years in jail and (or) a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh for those who are involved in cow slaughtering illegally. We have directed the police department to ensure that illegal transportation and slaughtering of cattle is prevented effectively through the new law,” he said.
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