Karnataka to enforce cow slaughter ban:
The Karnataka government will enforce a ban on cow slaughter
strictly by amending a 1964 act to prohibit the sale and consumption
of beef, Home Minister V.S. Acharya said Wednesday. ....
Protests over cow slaughter in Himachal
Normal life was hit in this Himachal Pradesh capital Saturday as
private business establishments adhered to the shutdown call by
various Hindu organisations and remained closed till 2 p.m. to
protest the slaughter of a cow near here.
The shutdown call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was complete and passed off
peacefully, barring a few skirmishes.
Eyewitnesses said activists of the Bajrang Dal and other
organisations staged demonstrations and forced the shopkeepers to
close their shops. Even leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), including local legislator Suresh Bhardwaj, participated in
The cow was slaughtered by members of a minority community at Pujali
village in Chopal tehsil of Shimla district Thursday. Police
subsequently arrested six people on charges of killing the cow.
However, violent protests erupted Friday in villages near Pujali
over the slaughter. A mosque and a few shops were attacked at Nerwa,
some 120 km from here.
the violence-hit villages, too, shops remained closed Saturday.
Superintendent of Police R.M. Sharma told IANS that the shutdown
call passed off peacefully in Shimla and other areas.
“No incidence of violence has been reported from anywhere so far,”
This was the first communal riot in Himachal Pradesh since the state
was formed in 1971.