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After AAP’s Punjab win, cow carcass case is CM-to-be Bhagwant Mann’s 1st law & order assignment

Several cow carcasses found dumped at village in Hoshiarpur, triggering tension among local residents. Mann has ordered police to identify and arrest culprits, promised strict action.

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Chandigarh: After the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) victory in Punjab, the first law and order issue that confronts CM-designate Bhagwant Mann is a case of several cow carcasses found dumped at a village in Hoshiarpur district, which has triggered tension among local residents.

On Saturday, Mann issued directions to Director General of Punjab Police Viresh Kumar Bhawra to identify and arrest the culprits at the earliest, said a press statement issued by the CM-designate’s office.

Mann, who is scheduled to take oath as chief minister on 16 March, met several senior bureaucrats and police officers in the state capital, Chandigarh, over Friday and Saturday but, a government official said, this is the first instance of an order being issued relating to law and order. He has also issued an order to withdraw the security cover of former ministers and MLAs.

Mann said in a statement, “We will not allow peace and brotherhood in Punjab to deteriorate at any cost. The attempts of anti-social elements to disturb the peace of Punjab are not going to succeed. Disrespect of any religion in Punjab will not be tolerated in the AAP government. Strict action will be taken against all the culprits.”

Mann further said, “We will not allow the peace of Punjab to be disturbed at any cost. Maintaining the peace and brotherhood of the state is our priority. The religious sentiments of any person of Punjab will not be hurt. All the culprits involved in the incident will be arrested soon and given strict punishment.”

Around a dozen cows and a few bulls were reportedly found slaughtered near the local Focal Point at Tanda village in Hoshiarpur Saturday, triggering tension in the area, with several Right-wing groups gathering and blocking the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway for several hours in protest.

Earlier in the day, AAP MLA Jasbir Singh Gill visited the area, spoke to local residents, police officers and district authorities, and briefed Mann about the situation.

“Bhagwant Mann has strongly condemned the killing of cows in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. He directed the police to find out the culprits as soon as possible and take strict action against them,” the statement said.

A senior official said that the police have registered a case pressing charges of maliciously outraging religious sentiments, provocation for riots and provisions of the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act.

Also read: Prodded by Bhagwant Mann, AAP Punjab MLAs rush to constituencies, focus on schools & hospitals


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