1. Cattle row: Days after Centre’s notification, protests refuse to die; here are 10 developments so far

Cattle row: Days after Centre’s notification, protests refuse to die; here are 10 developments so far

Days after Centre's issued a notification banning the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter at animal markets across the country, protests against the rules across the country have refused to die.

By: | Updated: June 1, 2017 1:01 PM
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Days after Centre’s issued a notification banning the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter at animal markets across the country, protests against the rules across the country have refused to die. On Wednesday, about eight students were booked for allegedly beating up IIT-Madras PhD student R Sooraj for taking part in a ‘beef fest’ on the campus last Sunday. They were booked under 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), IPC Sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 506(1) (criminal intimidation) and 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt).

Kerala High Court, while observing that there was no constitutional violation in the Centre’s notification on banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, has dismissed PIL challenging the order.

Here are the ten developments on the issue so far:

1) DMK leader M K Stalin has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. He said that under PM Modi’s tenure, states have been reduced to the level of civic bodies.

2) Kerala High Court yesterday observed that Centre did not violate the Constitution by issuing a notification on banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. It dismissed as withdrawn a PIL challenging the order.

3) Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has written a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, requesting tough action against people responsible for the attack on the IIT-Madras PhD scholar, who hails from Kerala, a PTI  report said.

4) Madras High Court has ordered a four-week stay on Centre’s notification.

5) The CPI (M) has also slammed Centre’s move, saying that decision of the Narendra Modi government was “unonstitutional”. Party MP Jitendra Choudhury, while speaking to ANI said the move “violates federal structure.We are multicultural and multi-religious.”

6) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the state government will challenge Centre’s decision in court, an Indian Express report had said.

7)  On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her government would not follow Centre’s notification on the issue, a PTI report had said.

8) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said his government is studying the developments on the issue.

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9) Speaking on the issue, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said it was an injustice to farmers. “Either the government should set up an ashram (asylum) to feed old cattle or pay farmers a monthly compensation for feeding old cattle,” he was quoted by PTI.

10) Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday that Centre was studying representations given by states and other organisations on the recent notification, banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.

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