Ban defiance: Bovines slaughtered in Anantnag

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ANANTNAG: Hundreds of masked youth appeared at Rahet Dedi Jamia Masjid, Lalchowk, immediately after the Friday prayers and raised slogans against the recent court directive seeking ban on beef sale here today.

Demanding the release of Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Yasir who was arrested after he had threatened to slaughter a cow following the ban reports, the protestors engaged in heavy stone-pelting with the police personnel.

Police resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protestors but that wouldn’t deter them from hurling stones.

According to some unconfirmed reports, four bovines were slaughtered at Reshi Bazar, Sherbagh and Lal Chowk.

Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said that ban on sale and slaughter of cow and like animals is unacceptable as it amounts to interference in religious matters.

President DAK Nisar ul Hassan said that High Court order on enforcing the ban on sale of beef in state has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and is highly provocative.

“Freedom of religion is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 15 and 25 of constitution of India and curbing the liberty of faith is unconstitutional,” he said. “The order is an intrusion to personal freedom of individuals who have the right to choose their food.”

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