BANDIPORA: In a brazen display of cruelty in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district, municipal authorities left an injured and abandoned horse to die on Thursday, without even administering it first aid.
Witnesses said the horse looked frail and had multiple injuries, apparently sustained when it was hit by a vehicle during the wee hours of Thursday. It stayed unattended to in the main market for several hours; neither the municipal authorities nor the veterinary officials made any response to it, despite appeals by locals and onlookers.
Kashmir Reader also received calls from Bandipora starting in the early morning, from concerned citizens appealing for authorities to shift the dying horse for medical treatment.
Despite the incident having occurred at the main market, within half a kilometre from both the animal husbandry and the municipal offices, the poor horse received no attention and lay swirling in pain while his life ebbed away.
To add to the bizarre situation, the Chief Animal Husbandry officer, Dr Altaf Kangoo, showed helplessness over the incident 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, municipal employees arrived with a JCB which lifted the horse and dropped it into a Municipal Committee Bandipora (MCB) truck filled with garbage. However, instead of taking the injured horse for treatment, they dumped it at a garbage disposal site near the Wular banks in Zalwaan area.
Kashmir Reader rushed to the site and witnessed the injured but still alive horse being circled by dogs as the poor animal couldn’t move a muscle due to the grievousness of its injuries.
When Kashmir Reader talked to the MCB executive officer, he agreed that “they lifted the horse and moved him to the dumping site”. On being asked why they didn’t bother to check whether the horse was dead or alive and why the animal husbandry officials hadn’t taken interest in first attending to the injured horse, he said that “his staff had the job to lift the horse, and it was shifted after knowing that it was dead”. After being confronted with the claim that the horse was still alive, he said that the matter “would be looked into”.