Cow slaughter: Maha House plunges into pandemonium
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 18:05
Mumbai: The killing of cows in the powerloom town of Malegaon rocked the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly which witnessed seven adjournments today as Opposition declared that it will not allow smooth proceedings till the guilty are brought to book.

The House initially witnessed two adjournments of 10 and 15 minutes each followed by adjournments of 30 minutes (twice), 20 and another 10 minutes before being adjourned for the day.

Shiv Sena legislator Dada Bhuse from Malegaon raised the matter as soon as the House assembled for the day. He said dead cows were scattered in different parts of Malegaon and nearby villages.

Bhuse also informed that a spontaneous bandh has been observed in Malegaon to protest against the incident.

On this, Home Minister R R Patil said that he would make a statement after the Question Hour. He said carcasses of eight cows were recovered from three different places and the post mortem report is awaited. Two police have formed two teams to nab the accused, he informed the House, adding a post mortem report would clear the reasons of death of the cows.

However, the Opposition members were not satisfied with the reply and demanded strict action against the guilty.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse described the incident as "inhuman" and said it was deliberately done on the auspicious occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi yesterday.

Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) accused the police and the government of "religious bias".

Khadse claimed a local woman office bearer of BJP was so shocked to see the dead cows that she fell unconscious and died in the hospital this morning.

The Opposition members held banners demanding ban on cow slaughter and hanging of the accused.

Sensing the belligerent mood of the Opposition members, presiding officer Jeetendra Awahad adjourned the House for the day.

The issue also figured in the Legislative Council. Leader of Opposition Pandurang Phundkar raised it through an adjournment notice.

He said the killing of cows should be condemned and the issue to be discussed setting aside rest of the day's agenda. Shiv Sena MLC Diwakar Raote said despite the existence of an act preventing cow slaughter, such an incident has taken place.


First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 18:05

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