Youth Congress calf slaughter row in Kannur: After Youth Congress leaders allegedly killed a calf in public in Kerala’s Kannur to register their protest against Centre’s ban on slaughter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on May 29th raised concern over the incident, reported ANI. Adityanath questioned as to why the organisations which demand respect for each other’s sentiments in the name of securalism are silent on the incident where a calf was publicly butchered allegedly by Youth Congress activist. The incident took place amid a huge outcry against Centre’s order to ban cattle slaughter at livestock markets.
The incident took place in front a huge crowd in Kannur. A case has been filed on the basis of a report from Yuva Morcha district General Secretary C C Ratheesh under section 120 A of the Kerala Police Act.
Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan posted a video of the incident on Twitter calling it ‘cruelty at its peak’. Congress said that it did not condone the action and maintained distance from the incident and added that it does not support anyone who violates the law. However, youth activists and the leader of the protest said that they have no regrets, reported PTI.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury while talking to ANI called the Centre’s prohibitory law ‘absurd’ and citing inclusion of Buffalo as the reason. He said that by issuing this order, the government is being unfair with the India’s ‘anndaata’ (farmers).
In a protest against the new law, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) on May 27th had also staged a protest where protesters ate beef outside University College, Trivandrum. Similar fests were organised across Kerala.
CPM has maintained the stand that the ban on cattle slaughter in Kerala would put more pressure on the farmers but, one of the party’s leader M B Rajesh criticised the incident and called the act ‘illogical’.
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan in a statement to ANI said that the aim of the rule is ensure welfare of cattle dealt with in market. Cattle according to the notification includes bulls, bullocks, cows, buffalos, steers, heifers and calves and camels.