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False cases hinder conviction under Haryana cow law

Cattle traders claim police targeting them to ‘extort money’

Jubbair, 49, a resident of Ghasera village in Nuh off Gurugram-Alwar highway, faces around half a dozen cases under the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015, banning the slaughtering of cows and sale of beef in the State. He, however, claims innocence.

Jubbair said he runs a dairy and owns around 70 animals, including cows, and also trades in cattle. “ All these cases of transporting cows for slaughtering have been registered against me since 2015. But I am innocent. I have full faith in the law of the land,” he told The Hindu over phone. He alleged that the police target the cattle traders and dairy owners, in connivance with cow vigilante groups, to register false cases and extort money.

False cases hinder conviction under Haryana cow law
 

Around 1,000 cases

Though around 1,000 cases have been registered under the new law in Nuh over the past four years, the prosecution has failed to prove charges in over a dozen cases so far, leading to the acquittal of the accused. The Punjab and Haryana High Court also took cognisance of the matter earlier this year following which the Haryana police decided to impart training to Nuh police personnel in the new law.

Advocate Tahir Devla, a defence lawyer in 10 such cases, said the police mostly registered false cases which failed to stand the scrutiny of the law. “It’s a simple law prohibiting transportation of cows outside the State for slaughtering, sale of beef and slaughtering of cows in Haryana. In most of the cases, the police book traders bringing milch cows to Haryana from Rajasthan saying they were being transported outside the State for slaughtering, but later fail to prove it in the court,” he said.

All-India Mewati Samaj president Ramzan Chaudhary claimed the police in many cases let off influential people involved in cow slaughtering and fabricated innocent men in return for money and the cases later faltered in the court.

Police deny allegations

Nuh Superintendent of Police Sangeeta Kalia dismissed the allegations as “baseless” and said that action would be taken against guilty police personnel if any evidence is produced. She argued that most of the encounters with cow smugglers took place late at night, making it difficult to find “independent witnesses”.

A cell has also been set up in Nuh to monitor the filing of challans and collection of evidence, said the SP. Also, they are focusing on collection of evidence through forensic teams to improve the conviction rate, she added.

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