This is an urgent petition, through the Highest seats of this State of ancient heritage and culture within the real democratic texture and humane tolerance, requesting the Government of West Bengal (Paschim Banga), India to take strong action against the errant Officers-in-Charge of Usthi Police Station, Joynagar Police Station and Falta Police Station (all in South 24 Parganas district), who are Promoting Cow Slaughter (to pander to extremist elements) and are thereby openly violating the Honourable Calcutta High Court's Judgement (dated 2 Nov 2011 and 13 Oct 2011) and Honourable Indian Supreme Court's Judgement. The embarrassments are piling up from the news of inaction of Administration and the Police from different districts not to check illegal and rampant cow slaughter to hurt the Hindu sentiments in their prime festive sessions. It is heard that the WB Police is arranging sufficient "BLACK PLASTIC TARPAULIN" to cover up all the illegal cow-slaughters in the respective PS areas. We urge the Honourable Home Secretary Mr. Basudeb Banerjee (IAS) to investigate the atrocities being committed by the aforementioned police officers on those tens of thousands of villagers who refuse to kowtow to their dictatorial, unlawful demands that they support and make arrangements for slaughtering of cows on Bakr Eid (which falls on October 27, 2012 – during Durga Puja festival). We urge the Honourable Home Secretary to ensure 100% enforcement of anti-cow slaughter Judgements of the Honourable Calcutta HC and Supreme Court of India. We also urge the West Bengal Administration to stop the official repression of the state’s ancient and vibrant Durga Puja by revoking the ban on the Divine Mother’s immersion on October 26 and 27, 2012. We would like to respectfully remind the administration that banning the centuries’ old indigenous Bengali tradition of Durga Puja immersion (in order to appease a violent, alien, Arabian creed of Bakr Id) is tantamount to turning Bengal (or what is left of it) into another East Pakistan. The whole issue about "cow slaughter" has two negative social implications, aside from its blatantly provocative communal agenda that seeks to create religious tension in society : 1. The economic impact of cow slaughter falls directly and only on Hindus below or around poverty line:
Almost all of the cow-slaughter in West Bengal and Bangladesh is inflicted on stolen cows from West Bengal. These cows form the livelihood of poor rural Hindus and are often quite economically productive. 2. Psychological impact on society:
Cow slaughter is NOT a original Muslim religious practice. In fact, the Arabian Peninsula hardly has any cows. So, slaughtering cows is NOT a religious obligation in Islam. The only reason Muslims slaughter cows in the Indian subcontinent, is because it creates psychological domination over the Hindus. Islam is a hunter-grabber ideology and cow-slaughter has a important social message. It essentially tells a Hindu villager that he is powerless to protect anyone, whether the cow or his mother or sister. So, in its landmark judgement (dated 2 Nov 2011 and 13 Oct 2011), the Honorable Calcutta High Court banned cow slaughter during Eid. The Calcutta High Court’s division bench of Chief Justice JN Patel and Justice Asim Ray termed the practice of killing cows and their progeny for religious purposes as unlawful. This judgment came after Mr. Enamul Haque, Mr.Abhijit Das and others had filed a Public Interest Litigation, (vide Case No. AST-725 of 2010) in the High Court on 11 October 2010 - with Advocates M.M.Qureshi and Joydip Roy representing the petitioners. The High Court ordered the authorities to implement the provisions of West Bengal Animal Slaughter (Control) Act, 1950 and if any instance of cow slaughter on Bakri-Eid is brought to their notice, they should take cognizance and act in accordance with the law. The Calcutta High Court categorically stated that “the officials of the State and local bodies have no power to facilitate holding of markets for trading of cattle for sacrifice and also the movement of cattle for the said purpose on the occasion of Id-uz-Zoha”. The Supreme Court of India reiterated that “sacrifice of a cow on Bakr id Day is NOT an obligatory overt act for a Musalman to exhibit his religious belief and ideas”. In many occasions the apex court directed that “such slaughter cannot be a religious purpose because it is NOT a part of religious requirement for the Musalmans..” Unfortunately, the Officers-in-Charge of Usthi Police Station, Joynagar Police Station and Falta Police Station (all in South 24 Parganas district) are behaving like a law unto themselves. They are intimidating and forcing poor Scheduled Caste villagers to support and make arrangements for slaughtering of cows on the Bakr-Eid day which falls on October 27, 2012 – during Durga Puja festival). They have vividly threatened renowned social workers who are only helping the villagers to submit a memorandum (requesting the implementation of the verdict of the High Court and Supreme Court) with mass signatures to the government authorities in a completely peaceful, democratic and legal manner. Special mention must be made of the biased and rabidly communal mindset of Ms. Papiya Sultana, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (Falta Zone) who has been aggressively arm-twisting the villagers of Pianjganj to meekly accept cow slaughter or face dire consequences. It must be pointed out that, during her previous posting as DSP of Nadia district, Ms. Sultana was notorious for refusing to take cognisance of Indian villagers' complaints to stop cow slaughter by Bangladeshi infiltrators without a license in Shondanga area. Playing fiddle to her communal agenda is her current subordinate officer Mr. Sudip Singh (Officer-in-Charge, Usthi Police Station). They are both determined and adamant to allow and help slaughtering cows in Pianjganj village for the first time.
To pre-empt any action by the poor villagers (who seek the implementation of the Supreme Court and High Court judgements), the administration is taking all legal and illegal steps to threaten and scare the Pianjganj villagers who are Scheduled Castes and therefore backward and illiterate. These errant officers are repeatedly calling these hapless villagers to Usthi police station, verbally threatening them, raiding their houses at night (10.30 pm), and ultimately serving them legal notice (slapping criminal case) totally without any reason or incident, only to scare them and make them to stay outside the village. There is no ground for these untoward and unwarranted steps on behalf of the local administration. Apart from trying to enforce illegal Cow Slaughter in newer places, the Usthi PS has arranged an illegal cow trading point just adjacent to Police Station itself (Northern side of PS, in between PS and Usthi Agricultural Nursery). In Joynagar PS area, big cow markets are presently seen in Mouzpur and Biswanathpur villages. In Sahararhat (Falta PS), unlawful miscreants are canvassing this illegal Cow market there on microphones, with the tacit support of the police. We request you all to take this matter seriously and call and press the local administration to stop these illegal and unethical activities and stop the illegal cow slaughtering in the village of Pianjganj. These errant police officers’ actions are clear and blatant violations of the High Court’s and Supreme Court’s Relevant Judgements and exacerbate Animal Cruelty, Ghastly Slaughtering and Perilous Pollution in these days of ensuing Bakr Idd on 27th Oct, 2012, by violating Preventions of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; Animal Transportation Act; WB Pollution Control Act; WB Animal Slaughter Control Act, 1950 and openly point to the Criminal-Official Nexus. These unlawful police officers are openly defying the unambiguous verdicts of Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court in this regard to stop Cow slaughtering in West Bengal on the occasion of Bakrid. Inspite of these police officers’ unlawful actions, thousands of brave villagers, from Pianjganj village (under Usthi P.S), signed and submitted a mass petition in this regard to various authorities like the Governor, State Human Rights Commission, District Magistrate, District Superintendent of Police, SDO- Diamond Harbour, SDPO- Diamond Harbour, O.C. Usthi, BDO- Usthi and other officials, urging the administration to obey the Supreme Court and Calcutta High Court verdicts and stop Cow Slaughter on the occasion of upcoming Bakr-Eid (October 27, 2012). This is why the local administration is taking all these illegal and unethical steps. The motivation for these police officers’ blatant contravention of the law is debatable. The root cause may be monetary or an old habit of pandering to extremist elements so much that these officers cannot tolerate any legal and democratic procedure. Though they are public servants, they have come to resemble thugs for the peace loving people of South 24 Parganas district. Most unfortunately, some of their superior officers are apparently turning a blind eye to such atrocities for the same reasons. Such unscrupulous elements bring notoriety to the khakhi uniform. This week, Firhad Hakim (Bobby), Minister for Urban Development in West Bengal, has been playing a nefarious role in violating the verdicts of Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court. Hakim has been instrumental in financially and officially supporting miscreants’ efforts to seize cows rescued from a cramped van (marked “Kurbanir Goru” / “Cows for Bakr Id slaughter”) from Salt Lake IT Sector and kept in the safe custody of Rajasthan Gau Kalyan Trust Goshala near Barasat. We request the Honorable Government of West Bengal to investigate this issue thoroughly and take stringent action against such errant public servants, who break the very law they are supposed to enforce. We also urge the West Bengal Administration to stop the official repression of the state’s ancient and vibrant Durga Puja by revoking the ban on the Divine Mother’s immersion on October 26 and 27, 2012. We would like to respectfully remind the administration that banning the centuries’ old indigenous Bengali tradition of Durga Puja immersion (in order to appease a violent, alien, Arabic creed of Bakr Id) is tantamount to turning Bengal (or what is left of it) into another East Pakistan. The apathy and indifference of the officials makes us wonder if West Bengal is a part of India (where Indian law is upheld) or a part of East Pakistan (where Shariah is upheld). We sincerely hope that you will act immediately in upholding the judgements of the Hon. Supreme Court and Kolkata High Court and especially in the interests of keeping West Bengal within India, and not letting our motherland become another East Pakistan. Regards.
1. Upananda Brahmachari (AKHIL BHARAT GO RAKSHA MISSION).