ANANTNAG: Lawyers and representatives of trade associations, resistance groups and various religious organizations participated in a daylong hunger strike organised by politico-religious organisation Umat-e-Islamia in Anantnag on Thursday in protest against a court order on beef ban.
The participants vowed to continue their protest till the Dogra-era law criminalizing the slaughter of bovine animals is abrogated.
Umat-e-Islami chief Qazi Yasir told the gathering, “We are going to sacrifice at least 50 bovines on Eid-ul-Azha. Let BJP stop us. We will sacrifice our lives but won’t tolerate any interference in our religion.”
He said that he will carry on the fight started by his father, late Dr Qazi Nisar in 1985, against the law. Nisar had slaughtered two sheep on a street against a similar order and had been jailed.
Anantnag Bar association president Fayaz Sodagar said, “India has occupied our land and with the support of some puppet leaders it wants us to follow diktats. But we have defied their barbarism in the past and will defy in future as well. No power on earth can stop us from eating or doing what our religion permits us to.”
General secretary Anantnag Traders Association, Riyaz Ahmad speaking on the occasion said that for Muslims there is no law above their religion and any interference in “our religious affairs will not be tolerated”.
Chairman all traders association Ghulam Nabi Shah said that “no power on earth can declare unlawful what has been declared lawful by Allah for Muslims”.
President beef sellers association, Ghulam Ahmad Ganai said that banning the sale of beef by is nothing but an “economic aggression on KashmirI Muslims”.
“Thousands of families in the Valley are involved in bovine trade and beef selling. They don’t want to see us economically strong,” Ganai said.