A shocking video of a pair of cows being hurled over the barbed wire fence along the Bangladesh-India border has emerged on the internet.
Posted by one Assistant Sub Inspector of police Md Ismail Hossain on September 6, who said it was taken at Durgapur border in Lalmonirhat district, the video was seen 148,000 times till Friday evening and shared over 1,500 times.
Ismail later removed the video from his profile, but it had already propagated to other profiles and sites, such as this Youtube copy here:
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The video does not appear to be recent, as people in it are wearing warm clothes and there seems to be a winter mist at the scene. The location of the video could not be independently determined either. Attempts to contact the policeman yielded no results.
The video shows two cows being strung by the neck to a makeshift pulley from one side and being pulled up and dropped on the other side.
Dhaka Tribune's Lalmonirhat correspondent Moazzem Hossain said after watching the video that he was not sure that this place was Durgapur, but the inhuman method of hurling the cow was quite familiar.
“This is how cows are moved across the border here,” he confirmed.
Majority of the people sharing the video were Bangladeshis and some were Indians and most of them expressed shock and anger at the cruel manner in which the animals were being handled.
“We are growing crueler every day, just to line our pockets,” wrote a Jahangirnagar University student.
“Are we practicing evil [adharma] in the name of faith [dharma]?” wondered AKM Jahangir, a businessman.
He wrote that the video suggested to him that the marginalised people in a weak economy were helpless and devoid of humane values.
“And who facilitates this - our own BSF,” alleged Naman Goel, a graphics firm owner from New Delhi, who shared the video on his profile.
“I know his for a fact that officers in BSF pay bribes to be posted at this border because the cattle smuggler pay huge cash payouts to our own BSF,” he wrote.
“So much for the good work "gau rakshaks" may be doing around the country,” Naman wrote, pointing at the Indian conservative campaign of cow 'defenders' who in recent times have beaten up minority Dalit members for skinning a cow.