Pithoragarh, September 14
The concept of animal sacrifice in the local temples was supported and opposed in the Kumaon region today as people representing all four sections (Khams), traditionally attached to the temple of Kotbhranmari Devi, took to streets in the Garur market of Bageshwar district.
They were supporting the animal sacrifice, while the people of Berinag in Pithoragarh district decided not to sacrifice male buffaloes in the Tripura Devi temple.
"Administrative officers are misrepresenting the court's view on the matter and trying to divide the locals," said Shiv Singh Bisht, a BJP leader who is the organiser of the procession.
Earlier, the people from all four Khams, related to the temple of Kotbhramari Devi, reached the subdivision headquarters and raised slogans in favour of animal sacrifice after reaching the Sub Divisional Magistrate's office.
"We are committed to having animal sacrifice in the temple this year, as it is part of our tradition," said Shiv Singh Bisht.
But on the contrary, the villagers of Berinag have decided that from this year, the male buffaloes will not be sacrificed in the Tripura Devi temple situated in the area.
"We have decided that local representatives along with Revenue Department workers will pass a message to villagers not to bring he-buffalo with them for the purpose of sacrifice," said Anurag Arya, the SDM of Berinag sub-division in Pithoragarh district.

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