Bhubaneswar: The Bharat Raksha Manch has once again issued a strong protest in the illegal detention, torture and murderous attack on Tirtha Kumar Sahu, Animal Welfare activist, who was the victim of a murderous attack inside Rayagada Sub-District Jail on April 7, 2016, 8 am. Sahu is in hospital, seriously injured and yet a false case has been filed him by the Rayagada Police. Murali Manohar Sharma, Convener of the Manch, took up the matter with the Centre and appraised the concerned Ministries about the blatant atrocities committed on the cow protection volunteers. The district administration is at cudgels against the activist because he has filed 180 cases in the High Court of Odisha in 2015, in which the connivance of the civil and police administration in cattle-smuggling was exposed. The Manch had appealed to Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women’s and Child Development, who has sent a strongly worded letter to the Chief Minister of Odisha, asking him to personally intervene in this matter as Naveen Patnaik has a reputation to responding positively to unfair official treatment to poor people. Maneka Gandhi further wrote in the letter that she had spoken to the Collector, and his explanation is suggestive that Sahu was arrested because he had spoken too loudly in front of the President of India’s Secretary. The Minister spoke to the Collector once again after the brutal attack on Tirtha inside the Jail. The Collector informed the Minister that it was probably Tirtha fault that he was attacked. The Collector has also had the audacity to refuse to conduct an inquiry into the attack. The Manch is going to meet the Governor of Odisha and has appealed to the office of the President of India to personally intervene. Anil Dhir, the National Secretary of the Manch, has reiterated that the Odisha police have a track record of being hostile to all cow protection volunteers, especially the ones who follow the law and insist that the illegal smuggling and slaughter be stopped. The Rayagada District officials have been inundated with scores of calls from Bhubaneswar and New Delhi made by volunteers from the Animal Welfare Board of India, Gau Gyan Foundation, People for Animals and associated groups. Murali Sharma said that the is a threat to the life of Sahu. The Assistant Collector, Ishaq Madina had visited the Police Station where Sahu was kept in illegal custody for 27 hours, spat on him and threatened to ruin his life. The attack on Sahu inside the jail was in all certainty orchestrated by the district administration. Sharma has appealed to all political parties and human/animal rights activists to take up this matter of blatant human rights violations in the State.