Srinagar: The government on Sunday said it was committed to implement the Dogra-era law criminalising slaughter of bovine animals, while accusing separatists and Opposition of communalizing the issue.
“The BJP-PDP coalition is committed to implement the order of High Court against beef sellers and cow slaughterers. The separatists and the mainstream opposition parties are trying to communalise the whole issue,” Singh told reporters in Jammu region.
According to Singh, the high court ban order would be implemented in “letter and spirit”.
He said the opposition parties need to understand that Jammu and Kashmir was a secular state where Hindus Muslims, Sikhs and Buddhists also reside and their religious sentiments needs to be taken care of.
“Cow slaughter has been banned since Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time and continued till Maharaja Gulab Singh to Hari Singh,” he said.
Singh said that the ban remained in force in the last 67 years and was not revoked by any successive government in the state right from Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah to Omar Abdullah.
National Conference is raising objections over the ban while accusing it of “instigating” the passions of the people by trying to “divide” them on religious lines, he said.
Asked about his reaction to Singh’s statement about the beef ban, senior PDP minister Altaf Bukhari said the beef ban law has been here for long but nobody has complained about its implementation yet.
“Has anyone complained about its implementation?” he said.