Mumbai, August 29: The Mumbai Traffic Police has issued a circular to its staff to not check any vehicle carrying cattle during Bakr Eid, to be celebrated on September 1 and 2. The circular, issued by Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) says that if any police official is found checking documents of such vehicles till Bakr Eid or any such complaint is received, strict action will be taken against them.
Reports say that the circular came after complaints were received against policemen allegedly harassing transporters on pretext of checking documents. The police officials have now been instructed to not even stop the vehicles or check documents.
“Such circulars are issued to avoid law and order situations as the community is in a festive mood,” said a senior officer from the Traffic Department as quoted by Mumbai Mirror.
However, according to a report in Times of India, the circular has been revised after intervention by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Poonam Mahajan. The report says that Mahajan met the Mumbai Traffic Police chief and said that a revised notice must be issued in this regard as prevailing laws like Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and animal transportation rules still apply in case any animals are being illegally taken for slaughter on any day. However, there is no clarity yet on the revised circular.
However, according to the old circular, vehicles will be checked for documents at entry points throughout the city.
Earlier this month, the Bombay High Court also asked the Maharashtra police what preventive measures it proposes to take against cow vigilante groups ahead of Eid ul Adha (Bakr Eid).