During the recent Varanasi visit of PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) decided to capture and cage bulls and other strays, to give a hassle-free passage to VIP cavalcade.
A report published by The Times of India said the civic body caged 60 bulls and other stray animals roaming on roads, particularly near Dashashwamedh Ghat, where the two VIPs were going to see the Ganga Aarti.
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According to veterinary officer Aslam Ansari at VMC, these bulls would soon be transported to a goshala in Mirzapur district.
Though there is no mention of how much it would cost to release these bulls in Kashi, to give you an estimate, the chart at the kanji house (animal pound) reveals that to release a caged buffalo or cow costs about Rs 350 penalty, along with Rs 25 per day for its feed at the pound.
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Reflecting this belief, Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati, chief disciple of Dwarka’s Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati told TOI:
“Saand to Kashi ki pehchan hai, usko pakadna aur bandh karna Kashi ki pehchan mitaane ki saazish hai,” (Bulls are the identity of Kashi. Caging them is a conspiracy to wipe out Kashi’s identity).”