Skip to main content

Gujarat Dalit rights leader detained as he went to represent to CM over mysterious "slaughter" of 548 cows

By Our Representative
Gujarat's grassroots Dalit rights leader Natubhai Parmar, seeking to represent before chief minister Vijay Rupani on what he called "mysterious disappearance" of 548 cows in a cattle shed or panrapol in Junagadh district over the past three years, was on Sunday detained by the Surendranagar police on suspicion that he might "disturb" Rupani's programme. According to Parmar, he was "set free only after Rupani left the spot." Along with Parmar, 30 of his supporters, too, were detained.
Parmar, who is with Gujarat's biggest Dallit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, shot into prominence for organizing a unique protest against cow vigilantes' terror in 2016 by dumping a truck full of dead cows in front of Surendranagar district collector's office, telling the administration to "find out" who killed them before disposing them of.
During his recent campaigns he has been propagating that cattle consuming plastics is the main reason for cow slaughter, and not those who are sought to be targeted for it -- Dalits involved in the hereditary caste-based job of skinning cows.
Early this week, he took out a rally and handed over a 25 kg plastic taken out of a dead cow's womb to the Surendranagar district collector, telling him, this should be handed over to Rupani as a grim reminder that cows are being forced to die by eating leftovers mixed with plastic because of the failure of the government to take care of cows, whom it considers holy. He took out a similar rally a year ago.
Parmar told Counterview, based on information, widely reported in local media, he wanted to represent to the chief minister, that "no investigation has yet been ordered into the mysterious disappearance of so many cows from the goshala or cow shed, run by a family trust near Torania village. As many as 789 stray cows were handed by the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) with Rs 3,000 per cow to the trust."
Pointing out that of the 789 just 241 cows are currently said to be surviving, Parmar, who runs Gautam Buddha Goseva Ashram in Surendranagar, said, "The JMC in all handed over Rs 23.67 lakh to the cow shed to take care of the cows three years ago. It means that JMC officials, too, should be held responsible for negligence of the cows that were handed over to the trust."
The written representation, which Parmar was to hand over to the chief minister, demanded action against the trust's management under the state law, which stipulates life imprisonment of those found responsible of cow slaughter, wondering why the police authorities have not begun any investigation so far.
"The goseva trust currently has just 153 of the 789 cows it was given. It claims, it has given 88 of them to individuals who have taken up the responsibility of taking care of them", the letter states, seeking CBI inquiry into the possible death of the cows.

Comments

TRENDING

Savarkar 'opposed' Bhagat Singh's, Netaji's dream of India, supported British war efforts

By Shamsul Islam*
In a shocking development, the student wing of the RSS put the busts of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose with Savarkar's on one pedestal at the University of Delhi late in the night on August 20, 2019. Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life for a socialist-democratic-secular republic and Netaji raised Azad Hind Fauj (INA) consisting of people of all religions and regions for armed liberation of India.

Hindus to be 'sent' to Kashmir? Despite Israeli settlements, peace eludes the region

By Anand K Sahay*
Curfew, news and communications blackout, transportation shut-down... News reports from Kashmir are worrying. So are the views relayed through the media, especially television. Old-fashioned repression seems to be consorting comfortably with expressions of concern “for our Kashmiri brethren”. We are looking at Orwell’s 1984 in the making.

UN experts object to GoI move to 'reinforce' trend of prosecution, eviction of tribals

Counterview Desk
In a report sent to the Government of India, three United Nations (UN) special rapporteurs, expressing "concerns" over the failure to ensure "adequate" implementation of the India Forest Rights Act (FRA), have regretted that the Government of India has not cared to reply their previous communications on this.

RSS 'demonizing' Muslim demographics: Hindus' growth rate decline 2.5% lower

By Mohan Guruswamy*
The RSS is riding its old hobbyhorse again. Addressing the Yuva Dampati Sammelan attended by reportedly 2000 young couples organized by the RSS’ Kutumb Prabhodan in Agra on August 21, the RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, apparently concerned about the “declining Hindu population” exhorted young Hindu couples to have more children.

River interlinking to transfer tribals' drinking, irrigation water to Maharashtra industries

Counterview Desk
Top advocacy group, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), recently submitted its comments on the Damanganga–Vaitarna-Godavari Intrastate Link project to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), a project sought to be packaged by the Maharashtra chief minister as diversion of water from allegedly water surplus Konkan region to the drought-affected Marathwada region.

As submergence stares Narmada valley, Patkar says: With powerful in throne, we're helpless

Counterview Desk
Well-known anti-dam organization, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), plans to begin its “Resist Illegal Submergence in Narmada Valley” satyagraha on August 21 at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, amidst news that the situation in the valley is “critical”, with two persons having already died in flood-related incidents in the upstream of the Sardar Sarovar dam.

Here's proof: Manual scavenging is rampant, Ahmedabad isn't open defecation free

By Parsottam Vaghela*
Authorities of Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat, may have gone into full swing in its cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat mission after the city was awarded the open defecation free plus (ODF+) certificate by the Union government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. However, my visit to some of the areas of the walled city of Ahmedabad on August 7 in order to ascertain whether it has become open defecation free suggested that the claim is a total humbug.

Govt of India 'has no plan' to reduce energy, fossil fuel consumption, emissions

Counterview Desk
In his representation to the secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India on draft National Resource Efficiency Policy (NREP), 2019, top power policy analyst Shankar Sharma has insisted that there is imminent need to consider the economic activities at the national/international level very carefully from the perspective of climate change.

RTI Act holy cow for Govt of India? Official insists, don't ask why, when, what, where

By Pankti Jog*
The Government of India appears to have begun treating the Right to Information (RTI) Act as a holy cow. Its officials seem to believe that the Act is a sacred law, under which people shouldn't be questioning its functioning. One recalls what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing an RTI convention in 2015: “Why should government wait for people to ask information, we will have all information out in the domain, we have nothing to hide."

Quit India Movement 'betrayal' and dubious role of Hindu Mahasabha, RSS leaders

By Shamsul Islam*
After the recent guillotine of Article 370, Hindutva ideologue Ram Madhav, while celebrating the occasion stated that it was honouring of the sacrifices of Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee and thousands others who laid down their lives for its removal. It is to be noted that Dr Mukherjee was a cadre of RSS and was groomed into a Hindutva leader by another Hindutva icon, VD Savarkar.