Bhubaneswar: A local court in Rayagada granted bail to cattle protection activist Tirtha Kumar Sahu, who was arrested on April 5 at the behest of Rayagada district Collector.
The Rayagada Additional District Judge (ADJ) court Sahu on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and two sureties.
Expressing deep concern over the mortal attack on Sahu and his subsequent arrest, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had also intervened in the matter and urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to personally intervene.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Gandhi alleged that animal activist Sahu in Rayagada district was arrested and tortured by the Rayagada district Collector.
In the strongly worded letter to the CM, Gandhi said, “the Collector seems to have a personal problem with Sahu as he kept complaining of rudeness. One of the problems with bureaucrats in office is that they presume they are divine and anyone who speaks to them normally is “rude” and should be jailed.”
Gandhi in her letter stated that Odisha is the state where the largest numbers of cattle are being illegally smuggled out to West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh every month. Many NGOs who have attempted to stop the smuggling have been arrested by police.
Sahu, 22, a volunteer of Gau Gyan Foundation has been working for rehabilitation of cattle for last three years. Last year, he filed over 180 cases in Odisha High Court against the civil and police administration. Bharat Raksha Manch, a local NGO had written to Gandhi protesting illegal detention, torture of Tirtha Kumar Sahu.
On Tuesday, the Bharat Raksha Manch and the Gau Gyan Foundation had also sought the intervention of Governor Dr SC Jamir in the mater.