The Gangsters Act would be invoked against those who sacrifice cow, ox, buffalo and camel as ‘Qurbani’ on Bakr-Eid, which starts from September 2 and will last till September 4, strictly ordered the local authorities in Sambhal on Friday.
SDM Sambhal Rashid Khan said, “I have passed the order that in the time of Bakr-Id, from Septemeber 2 to Septemebr 4, no cow, buffalo, ox and camel will be sacrificed. If it’s done, then under Gangster Act, that particular person will be convicted, with immediate effect.
Under Gangsters Act, a person, who is booked, becomes part of a gang listed in police records and is entitled to make appearance before the local police station with issuance of summons so that the police can keep track of their movement.
Uttar Pradesh Police had issued a terse warning in June that those involved in cow slaughter and illegal transport of milch animals will be booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and Gangsters Act. Under NSA, the government can detain a person for as long as it wishes and the authorities need not disclose the grounds of detention.
A person booked under the provision of Gangsters Act becomes part of a gang listed in police records. It entitles the police to keep track of those booked under the Act and issue summons to them for attendance at the local police station for questioning even if no fresh case is lodged against them.
The Act permits the police to seek remand of an accused for a maximum of 60 days as compared to a maximum of 14 days under normal circumstances. Id-ul-Zuha, also known as Sacrifice Feast or Bakr-Id, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year.
It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before he sacrificed his son In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.
Like Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Zuha or Eid al-Adha begins with a prayer of two rakats, followed by a sermon. Traditionally, the festival of Eid al-Adha is celebrated two days after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage. The starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar.