IPS officer Bharti Arora is in the news after her recruitment in Gurgaon as the supervising officer against cow slaughter and cattle smuggling on July 5. Arora had earlier been in the news last year when she had a public fallout with Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk, following which she was transferred to Panchkula.
Arora is back in Gurgaon now and this time it is to protect gau mata (Mother Cow).
Teams have been formed in all districts of the state under the Gau Raksha Aayog to keep a tab on cow slaughter, and Arora will head this initiative. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is responsible for giving a go-ahead to this move.
Arora’s appointment as the ‘gau rakshak’ or ‘protector of cows’ follows the Haryana government’s launching of a 24-hour helpline to report cases of cow slaughter and smuggling.
The officer will have a 300-member team working under her, inclusive of 220 policemen and 60 non-gazetted government officers.
The move is being perceived as an example of the BJP state government’s commitment to the cause of cow protection as it had enacted the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act last year.
Bhani Ram Mangla, chairman of the Gau Rakshak Aayog, told the press, “Due to Eid, cow slaughter was on the upswing. We have asked our Gau Raksha Dals, five to seven in each district, to step up night vigils and crack down on smugglers. With police teams in place, we will work in tandem with the local police.”