A case had been lodged against 11 people at Bhopa police station of Muzaffarnagar district on October 13 after some local organizers violated a banning order on bullock cart races and went ahead with their plan. A video has gone viral on the internet which shows hundreds of people performing stunts on bikes and a race in which bullock carts can be seen competing with each other on the road.
A top police officer of Muzaffarnagar district has decided to strictly follow the ban order citing threat to life and animal cruelty. The bullock cart race has been a popular sport among the locals of the district. It is followed as a tradition in the district.
An FIR has been registered under IPC sections 307(attempt to murder) and 279 (rash driving on a public way). The incident occurred in Bhopa on Friday where the local villagers organized a bullock cart race defying the Supreme Court's order.
While the race was being conducted, scores of villagers on bikes could be seen competing with bullock carts risking their lives and others who were coming from the opposite side.
The video was reportedly recorded and uploaded by a passerby which soon became viral online in a short span of time.
Abhishek Yadav, the senior superintendent of police ordered strict action after coming across the video clip. Bhopa police registered a case against the race organizers and bikers on Sunday. The SHO of the Bhopa police station said an investigation is on the process and proper actions will be taken against the violators accordingly. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted in 1960 to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and to amend the laws relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals. As per the provisions of the law, the government of India formed the Animal Welfare Board of India.