Dhyan Foundation Gaurakshak Trust in M.H. Patna in Gubbi taluk of Tumkur district had ‘seized’ 39 cattle on May 25, 2017 and had later later lodged a complaint claiming that the animals were being transported for slaughter.
On tuesday the farmers staged a protest close to the premises of the Deputy comissioner of Police, Tumkur District asking their cattle be returned.
The farmers were able to prove that they had purchased the cows for dairy purposes, but the trust is now demanding Rs. 1.7 lakh fees for maintenance of the cattle.
The farmers who hailed from Belagavi, Karnataka had purchased 39 cattle consisting of 37 Jersey cows and 2 buffaloes from Erode in TN for dairy purpose. On their way back to villages by road the vehicle in which the animals were transported was waylaid by over 200 gau rakshaks from the Bhagat Kranthi Sene on NH 48, Tumkuru district. They allegedly attacked the drivers and took the drivers and vehicle to the local police station.
The police had filed a case on 25 May and demanded the farmers to produce proper documents to prove the cattle were not meant for slaughter. The case was tried in court and on June 5, the JMFC court in Tumakuru ordered that the cattle be returned to the farmers.
The court also noted that the farmers pay the goshala Rs. 50 per day as maintenance charges per cow. However, when the police and farmers went to the goshala, they refused to give the cattle back demanding a higher amount.
Rathik Jatagar, a farmer from Kudichi in Belagavi said: “I had bought six pregnant cows at Rs. 50,000 each and I have taken a loan of Rs. 5 lakh by mortgaging six acres of land.
Forover 20 days, we have been struggling to get back our cattle. We have incurred a loss of Rs. 4 lakh as each cow gives a minimum of 25 litres of milk per day.”