PFA concerned over sacrifice of goats in procession 

Dehradun, September 23
The People for Animals, Uttarakhand, an organisation working for the welfare of animals in the state, has expressed deep concern over the conduct of sacrifice during the inauguration of the Nanda Devi procession at Kholta in Almora district of the state.
In a memorandum submitted to Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Alok Jain, PFA Uttarakhand member secretary Gauri Maulekhi held that it was unfortunate that during the inauguration of the Nanda Devi procession, sacrifice of goats had taken place in the presence of a large number of people, including Nainital MP K C Singh Baba. She described the sacrifice as an act that was a contempt of court that had directed for a ban on such sacrifices.
Maulekhi asked the Chief Secretary to take immediate and effective action against all those responsible and issue necessary orders to file a case against those responsible for heinous act. "The people of Uttarakhand need to know that the rule of law still exists. We hope that your office will not humiliate itself by letting the offenders of law go unpunished", Maulekhi argued.
It is noteworthy that on September 17, the Nainital High Court had denied permission to conduct any animal sacrifice on a writ petition filed seeking relaxation in the ban on ritual of animal sacrifice.

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