Organizations besiege Jagraon Bridge over animal slaughter incident: The Tribune India


Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune press service

Ludhiana, December 12

Activists from several outfits besieged the Jagraon Bridge today over the cow slaughter incident. Activists alleged that despite the passage of several days, the Ludhiana police station failed to trace the accused responsible for the slaughter of the cows.

Activists threaten to escalate protest

On November 24, pieces of cattle were recovered from a dump in Jeevan Nagar. After the incident, many outfits had organized demonstrations to demand the arrest of the culprits. Later, the police commissioner had formed an SIT in the case and a JCP-ranking official was appointed as the team leader. Activists gave Ludhiana police a 15-day ultimatum to arrest the culprits or they would start an indefinite protest in the town, they said.

They also accused Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and other Congress incumbents of failing to pressure the police to solve the case.

Activists had called the protest a “Hindu panchayat”. They brought wooden beds (charpai) to sit on and discuss issues.

In particular on November 24, pieces of cattle were recovered from a dump in Jeevan Nagar. After the incident, many outfits had organized demonstrations to demand the immediate arrest of the culprits. Later, the Commissioner of Police had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the case and a JCP-ranking official was appointed as the leader of the team.

“Now more than two weeks have passed but the police have not arrested the culprits. We urge the state government to announce a reward of Rs 51-lakh for those who will inform about the culprits who

are behind the incident,” said Rajiv Tandon, leader of an outfit.

Activists gave Ludhiana police a 15-day ultimatum to arrest the culprits or they would start an indefinite protest in the town, they said.

Police had closed Jagraon Bridge from all sides due to the protest. They also diverted traffic to avoid any traffic jams. However, commuters faced huge inconvenience as they had to take longer routes to reach their destinations.

The protest started around 12.30pm and was lifted around 3pm when JCP J Elanchezhian arrived at the scene and assured protesters that police were working on various leads and the matter would be resolved soon.

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