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Relocation of stray dogs: HC adjourns writ hearing till October 6

  • Published at 03:22 pm September 27th, 2020
Animal lovers, with banners, festoons, placards and posters, demanding immediate stop to the illegal relocation of Dhaka stray dogs in front of the capital’s Nagar Bhaban
Animal lovers, with banners, festoons, placards and posters, demanding immediate stop to the illegal relocation of Dhaka stray dogs in front of the capital’s Nagar Bhaban Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

 The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order on Sunday

 The High Court has adjourned the hearing on a writ petition seeking cancellation of a decision by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to relocate stray dogs.

 The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order on Sunday.

 Barrister Saqeb Mahbub stood for the writ petition while Additional Attorney General Murad Reza represented the state. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Barrister Saqeb said that a meeting between the petitioners and the DSCC mayor has been scheduled on September 29. 

“Therefore, both parties prayed for time from the court and the court adjourned the hearing till October 6,” he added.

 Earlier on September 17, Actress Jaya Ahsan and two animal rights bodies — People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Foundation and Obhoyaronno filed the petition with the High Court. 

The plea sought a rule from the High Court asking the government and the South city corporation why the initiative should not be declared illegal. 

According to the Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act 219, stray animals cannot be killed or relocated. 

However, from last week of August, DSCC began relocating 30,000 stray dogs under their jurisdiction.

 The DSCC said that the decision to relocate stray dogs came following complaints of untoward incidents. 

The move drew criticism and triggered protest from the animal rights activists in the capital.

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