After several instances of cows having to be rescued came to the fore with not much action being taken against the culprits in the city, animal welfare officials and activists claim that policemen are hand-in-glove with cattle traders and buyers.
A cow was rescued from the terrace of a six-storied building in 4th Block HBR Layout. The cow is as of now cooling its heels and chomping on grass at the KG Halli police station. The police are yet to register an FIR against the culprits, said Sunil Dugar, an animal welfare officer.
Dugar had received a tip-off that a cow was made to climb all the six floors to the terrace and was being hidden there.
When Dugar rushed to the spot with a team, the buyer of the cow told him that he had purchased the cow to raise it.
Dugar reasoned with him and rescued the cow after which he filed a complaint with the KG Halli police.
The police have tied the cow to a corner of the police station, but are yet to register an FIR under sections that Dugar says are more apt.
“Ideally the owner of the cow should be booked for torturing the animal, but they are only booking IPC section under Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act, which will attract a penalty of just Rs 50,” he said.
In another incident, Dugar received a tip-off that seven cows and two bulls were tied up in a lane in Shivajinagar. He came to know that the cattle were going to be sold.
Dugar and his team swung into action and photographed all the nine animals from different angles. He then headed to the Shivajinagar police station and filed a complaint. The police called him and informed him that when they visited the spot, there were no cows.
Dugar now plans to approach the senior police officials to complain about the “lackadaisical attitude” of the SHOs and his subordinates.
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