Continuing with its anti-Muslim biases, an undeclared ban has been imposed on sacrifice of camels during Bakr Id in Jharkhand. Ex MLA Vinod Singh has informed that an oral directive has been issued by ministers and secretaries, hence several camels that were to be brought to Giridih in Jharkhand from Gujarat have been taken into custody by the police. The camels are also dying in the custody due to lack of fodder.
Last year on September 10, the Madras High Court had banned the public sacrifice of camels under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but responding to a PIL demanding the revocation of this ban, they had clarified that there was no ban on camel sacrifice. This year, the central government introduced a ban on the sale and purchase of cows, buffaloes, camel etc (not including goat or sheep) with an intention to slaughter. This was met with widespread nationwide opposition. On 31 May 2017, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court put a stay on the government ban and thereafter the Supreme Court upheld the stay of the Madurai bench. The current seizing of the camels by the Jharkhand government has no legal basis and it is only being carried out to appease the communal fascist forces. There is need to raise voice against these autocratic moves of the government. CPI(ML) condemns this and will continue to protest against this.