Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)
The Karnataka state Minority Commission on Tuesday advised members of the muslim community to refrain from sacrificing cattle during Bakrid to not only respect the sentiments of other communities but also avoid legal action.
Video messages on social media from the concerned members of the community and leaders are circulating advising people not to violate the laws.
As a precautionary measure the government has formed several special teams comprising of BBMP,health,police and animal activists,teams to patrol in the sensitive areas to strictly enforce the law.
The teams are visitng the house,localities and vulnerable places and set up check points at the entry and exit areas to look for the cattle being tied in front of the houses of muslim for bakrid .
Meanwhile,Abdul Azeem,Chairman of the commission,appealed to the community not to violate the law.
In his letter,Mr.Azeem,said that the Government has issued orders to prohibit transportation and illegal slaughtering of Cow,Buffalo and the progeny of Cow under the Karnataka Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and protection of Cow Act 2020.
Under this order no cattle other than sheep and goats could be transported nor could be slaughtered.
The Government has issued instructions to the Police Department,Transport Department,Animal Husbandry Departments to take effective action in curbing illegal transportation of the cattle.
These departments will take immediate action to seize the cattle so transported under the Karnataka Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and protection of Cow Act 2020.
Besides,Government has setup 5 search centres in outskirts of Bangalore to apprehend the people who indulge in illegal transport of the cattle,he said .
The existing provisions of the Karnataka Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and protection of Cow Act 2020,stipulates that any action in the slaughter of the Cow and its progeny will attract a fine of Rs.50,000 and a jail term of 3 to 7 years.
Referring to the government order,Mr.Azeem said that the recent circular of the Government banning movement of cattle on the eve of Bakrid festival.
Any violation by any individual may hamper the peace not only in a particular place where offence is committed and may spread to another place.
He is solely responsible for such a violence where it causes danger to the lives and properties of the community and thereafter the law will not spare such people.
He further called call upon all the Muslim brethren to desist from either buying or transporting the cattle for slaughter.
I would also appeal to all,not to become the slaves of the heart but be slave of the mind and don’t become emotional on this and try to violate the orders of the Government.
As the citizens of this State,we are duty bound to comply with the orders of the Government.
Any violation will bring wrath on the community which may at times end up with deterioration of peace and tranquility.