As Bakrid is around the corner, a new notice has been announced.
In the notice, it is said that there will be no sale of sheep at the Mehdipatnam-Nanalnagar junction keeping in the note about the traffic congestion.
Every year an estimated od 4 lakh sheep are up for sale due which motorists are caught up in traffic jams on Mehdipatnam-Tolichowki-Gachibowli route.
“A majority of sheep and goat merchants have agreed to our proposal. Though originally it was proposed not to allow a sale of sheep up to the Tolichowki flyover, sheep merchants persisted on their demand for sales to be allowed from Nanalnagar junction and this was agreed to,” said DCP (traffic) A.V. Ranganath.
“They should regulate the traffic in coordination with our volunteers for smooth flow of traffic and conduct of business as well,” he said.
In the backdrop of cow vigilantes Muslim organization has submitted a petition signed by everyone to the state government. In the petition, they have urged the government to allow them to sell the animals through animal husbandry department counters for sacrifice in order to avoid harassment from various animal protection groups.
The petition has been signed by Soofi Academy, Sunni Ulema Board, All India Muslim League, Awami Majilis Amal, Telangana Minority State Forum and Sunni Ulema Council.
“The way milk is sold though Vijaya Dairy on Id-ul-Fitr, similarly, we request the government to make necessary arraignments for a sale of cattle through animal husbandry department counters across the state,” they said in representation.
Following the illegal transportation of cows into the city for slaughter, city police commissioners have put check-posts in places such as Chandrayangutta, Santoshnagar, Kanchanbagh, Bahadurpura, Malakpet, LB Nagar, Shamshabad and Narsingi.
Soofi Academy general secretary Moulana Syed Taraq Quadri said that "they are sensitizing their own community members not to sacrifice the cow and other animals which are prohibited from slaughtering. Sheep, buffalo and oxen are the legally permitted animals for sacrifice."
Meanwhile, police also conducted awareness programs in Old city about animals that could be sacrificed on Bakrid.
South Zone DCP V Satyanarayana said, “A veterinary doctor has been attached to each assistant commissioner of police (ACP) in the South Zone. Cow and calf slaughtering is prohibited. Awareness camps are being held and strict action will be taken if someone transports or keeps cows for slaughtering during Bakrid.”
Incidentally, On Monday night Chandrayagutta police arrested two persons identified as Syed Basheeruddin and Mohammed Siraj for illegally transporting two calves.
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BY M. DIVYA SRI