Probe Belicharana farm cows’ transportation to Manipur: Harsh

JKNPP activists led by JKNPP Chairman, Harsh Dev Singh staging a protest outside Div Com office in Jammu on Monday.

JAMMU: Seeking a probe into the transportation of over 300 cows to Manipur from Belicharana farm, NPP activists led by Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh, State President Balwant Singh Mankotia and State President-Young Panthers Yash Paul Kundal staged a massive protest outside the office of Divisional Commissioner here today. The angry protestors, raised slogans against the Animal Husbandry Department J&K and local administration for allowing the carriage of bovines to Manipur in a hush hush manner raising speculations about the fate of transported cows. The protestors sought stoppage of further transportation of cows from Jammu to Manipur and other States which had earned the most dubious notoriety relating to bovines related offences.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Harsh Dev Singh said that after the closure of Belicharana dairy farm, the locals including BPL and Ex-servicemen Co-operatives had sought the custody of cows on payment of prescribed rates. “The local people had expressed apprehensions over the safety of cows on being transported to North East States. The people were skeptical not only over the possible ill-treatment to cows being transported to Manipur given the credentials of such states but also feared for their safety during transport as well. The transportation of the bovines in trucks to Manipur was taking 10-12 days and it was virtually impossible that they could remain safe during the course of such strenuous journey especially in a situation that the ‘Fieswal’ breed of cows needed drinking water after every 30-45 minutes” said Singh.
Harsh Dev Singh regretted that not only were the demands of locals of the area for procurement of cows declined but the employees of the Belicharana farm were also refused the custody of the cows despite their willingness to pay the prescribed charges. He further lamented that all the casual workers serving in the said farm were terminated after rendering 15-20 years service and also denied the custody of cows.
Questioning the transportation of cows outside the state by overlooking the demands of locals, Singh said that the highly intriguing role of local UT officers needed to be thoroughly investigated. “Why was the demand of locals and other co-operatives rejected and who approved the transportation of said cows to Manipur and other States?”
The protestors led by Harsh Dev Singh later submitted a memorandum to Div Com seeking immediate orders for stopping the transportation of remaining 400 cows of Belicharana farm to Manipur and other North East States and their disbursement amongst the needy, eligible persons of Jammu and its adjoining villages.