Ulhasnagar: Four people booked for organising bullock cart race

Faisal Tandel | Updated on: Friday, May 28, 2021, 07:55 PM IST

Bullock Kart Racing | Representational Image
Bullock Kart Racing | Representational Image

Ulhasnagar, May 28: The Hill Line Police Station in Ulhasnagar have booked four people for organising a bullock cart race. After a video of the incident went viral, the police took action against the organiser for illegally organising it and harming the animal.

The police said the race was organised at open space near Usatane village in Ambarnath. It was organised on May 23, 2021 in between 9am to 10am. The police said bullock cart races are popular means of entertainment in the rural part of Thane district. Usually farmers from the village organise such events and make the bullock run in these races. It further results in harming the animals. Even after a ban was imposed by the government, the villagers had organised it illegally.

The Hill Line police have booked four people who organised the race including Pravin Kashinath Patil, 37, Sachin Vishwanath Bhandari, 33, Gurunath Vasant Patil and Mahesh Ganesh Patil. The accused are been booked under section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), relevant section of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and Disaster Management Act.

The police said the video of the bullock cart race went viral on a social networking site.

"The video clearly showed the cruelty on animals as well as the violation of lockdown imposed by the government. A huge crowd was gathered at the spot to see the race, which clearly showed how social distancing norms were violated," said a police officer.

Local activist claims even after the video of the incident went viral, the police were not ready to take the case. On May 25, the police registered a case.

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Published on: Friday, May 28, 2021, 07:55 PM IST