Congress suspends four for killing ox in Kerala

Joanna Estrada
May 29, 2017

The Kannur city police had yesterday registered a case against the three with court's permission following the complaint of Yuva Morcha district general secretary C C Ratheesh.

The Kerala unit of Congress on Monday suspended members of its youth wing for their alleged role in the slaughter and distribution of calf meat to protest against the Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, CNN News 18 reported. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi condemned the incident and termed it "thoughtless and barbaric".

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor echoed the criticism and said that one does not need to descend to this level to make a point. "To oppose this we will slaughter cattle in public and we will distribute the meat to the public".

The incident had led to stray voices of dissent from within the Congress but action against the IYC activists is learnt to have been initiated following the BJP's campaign against the slaughtering at the national stage and the Congress central leadership's open condemnation of the incident.

Not only in Kerala, but in Chennai also people protested against the ban. "This was our form of protest". Those who were present at that time did not raise any objection. "Kummanam Rajasekharan's statement is exclusively political".

Similar fest was also organised at different locations across Kerala.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Friday ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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