Assam BJP Leader demands beef ban for zoo animals, protests outside zoo in Guwahati

Satya Ranjan Borah, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader in a new demand has asked to put a stop on the practice of feeding beef to the zoo animals and a ban on cow slaughter. He stated that the zoo has been keeping the Sambar deer males separated in order to control their growing population and that instead the Sambar deer population can be used to feed the big cats and thus give rise to self-sufficiency through a natural process. He went on to say that if the Assam government and the zoo officials do not stop supplying beef to the carnivores, they will have to “face the consequences”.

Some people from right-wing organisations held a protest in Guwahati, outside the Assam State Zoo and demanded putting an end to feeding beef to the tigers, lions, leopards, etc. The protestors even blocked the gates and tried to stop vehicles carrying beef for the animals from entering the zoo premises. The zoo authorities then asked the activists to take their demands to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) with whom the decision lies on what food needs to be fed to the animals. 

Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the wildlife population needs to be healthy and their dietary needs have to be taken care of, highlighting that the animals cannot survive on mutton or pork alone. The Minister added that serving buffalo meat instead of beef is not an option for the state as Assam does not have as many buffaloes. He stated that the state floats tenders to obtain beef, buffalo meat, pork and mutton. Suklabaidya said, “I have spoken with a few scientists on the possibility and consequences of providing the animals, meat other than beef. No use of creating an uproar over the issue.”

Assam Sub-Inspector Recruitment Exam Paper Leak. Here’s all you need to know:

The Assam SI recruitment exam, a written exam to recruit sub-inspectors for 597 posts of Assam Police, has been doing its rounds in the media after a paper leak scam surfaced on 20th September. The exam was supposed to be held across 154 centers in Assam with around 66000 candidates appearing for it. The exam paper was leaked hours before the exam which was supposed to take place at 12 PM.
One of the prime accused, Deban Deka, Senior Assam BJP leader, who had earlier fled the state, claiming that he has left Assam to save his life as many corrupt police officers of Assam are involved in the nexus, surrendered before the Assam Police on Wednesday. He has been sent to a 5-day custody at Guwahati. Deka, who has a printing press, was contracted by the Government for printing the question papers and it is alleged that he had collected 1 lakh rupees for each paper. However, he has denied all allegations and has said that he did not own any printing press where the papers were printed. He also added that “a small person” like him can be killed anytime and that when the situation normalizes, he will explain everything in detail to the media. Deka has also requested the Assam government to take responsibility for his family’s safety.
Ex-DIG, PK Dutta, is being anticipated as another prime accused. The crime branch and the CID raided Dutta’s residence and several hotels owned by him. They also raided the Thank You lodge where an exam with the leaked paper was held one day before the official exam, with 50 participants writing the exam. Gold worth more than 3.5 crore, a pistol with an expired license and a large amount of documents related to the exam were captured from Dutta’s residence while a hand written question paper, a computer hard disk, blackboard and some other items were retrieved from the lodge after the
raid. The owners of the lodge have been arrested. A similar mock test was held in one of Dutta’s hotels as well.
The search operations at Dutta’s hotels and residence have brought to the fore, details regarding the ex-DIG’s properties with a total value of above 200 crore rupees. Dutta owns land at several locations in Guwahati, a chain of luxury hotels, apartments in many cities of Assam and outside, a tea estate, 1400 bighas of rubber plantation, a tea garden, 1600 bighas of land in Cachar district, apartments in Dibrugarh and other parts of the country. An FIR was lodged against him in a land grabbing case and the investigating team has found his involvement in syndicate and elephant smuggling. The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Gyanendra Pratap Singh, said that a separate case will be registered against him for his unaccounted wealth and that the Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have been intimated of the same. “We have issued a lookout notice against Dutta so that he cannot leave the country. All the relevant information has been disseminated about him”, Singh said.
On the other hand, DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta has said, “We are conducting the investigation
vigorously with all seriousness covering all aspects of the crime. Along with CID and Crime Branch, several district police are involved in this probe.” The Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, has asked the DGP to ensure that strict punishment is given to the culprits as soon as possible and has also directed Pradeep Kumar, the Chairman of the State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB), which is responsible for the recruitment of all non-gazetted posts of Assam Police, to make sure that the exam is conducted again within a month. However, a latest twist in the story comes as the resignation of SLPRB Chairman, Pradeep Kumar, after he took moral responsibility of the question paper leak case which resulted in the cancellation of the written test.