Bandipora: In a brazen display of cruelty in North Kashmir’s Bandipora, an injured horse was dumped alive to eventually die by the municipal authorities on Thursday, without even administering the first aid on the horse.
A horse, who looked frail with multiple injuries on his body apparently hit by the vehicle during wee hours stayed unattended in the main market for several hours together as the municipal authorities and veterinary officials did not beat a brow despite appeals by the locals and onlookers.
Kashmir Reader also received calls from early morning from the concerned citizens appealing that the authorities shift the dying horse for medical treatment.
Despite the incident which occurred at the main market and within half a kilometre distance from both animal husbandry and municipal offices, the poor horse received no attention and swirled in pain taking out his life.
To add to the bizarre situation the Chief Animal Husbandry officer Doctor Altaf Kangoo, showed helplessness in this regard and said that he could not send anyone there as the whole “staff was busy in the election and we have no one available for this job”.
After Kashmir Reader talked to the official, the municipal committee employees arrived with a JCB which lifted the horse and dropped it into the MCB truck filled with garbage. However, instead of taking the horse for treatment they dumped him at the garbage disposal site near Wular Banks in Zalwaan area.
Kashmir Reader rushed to the site and witnessed the injured but alive horse being circled by dogs as the poor animal couldn’t move a muscle due to graciousness of injuries.
When Kashmir Reader talked to Executive officer municipal committee Bandipora, he agreed that “they lifted the horse and moved him to the dumping site”. On asking that why didn’t they bother to check whether the horse was or alive and why didn’t animal husbandry officials take interest to attend to the injured horse first, he said that “his staff had the job to lift the horse, and he shifted after knowing that the was dead”. After confronted with the claim that horse was still alive he said that that “it would be looked into”.