Agartala: The century-old animal sacrifice in Tripurasundari Temple resumed on Sunday as more than 40 animals were sacrificed after the Supreme Court imposed a stay order over the verdict of Tripura High court on November 8.
Animal sacrifice was stopped across all temples, including Tripurasundari, since September 27 this year after the High Court of Tripura gave the verdict upon hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by retired Judge Subhash Bhattacharjee.
Speaking with reporters, the manager of the Tripurasundari temple, Manik Datta, said, “Around 40 animals were sacrificed on Sunday after the Supreme Court granted an interim order that said slaughter of animals is allowed if done as per guidelines and restrictions in accordance with law.”
He also said they have covered the place with curtains so that the sacrifice is not seen by all visiting the temple.
Speaking with reporters, head priest Chandan Chakraborty said that animal sacrifice had begun after Gomati district magistrate Tarun Kanti Debnath gave the permission letter to the temple manager allowing the animal sacrifice from Sunday.
The order copy of the Supreme Court read, “By way of Interim order, we direct that in the meantime if any slaughter of animals is done for the purpose involved in these petitions, it shall be done in an area which is set up in accordance with the law. The municipal authority shall ensure such compliance.”
Animal sacrifice resumed 57 days after the Supreme Court imposed a stay order over the verdict Tripura High Court imposing a ban across the temples of Tripura.
Speaking with EastMojo, advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik said, “The Supreme Court of India on November 8 admitted a special leave petition filed by the state government on the animal sacrifice issue. The supreme court of India in its interim order has said that on religious purpose slaughter can be continued but it has also imposed some guidelines saying demarcation needs to be done where slaughter can be continued following the rules and as per certain restrictions in accordance with the law.”
Earlier, the divisional bench of the HC comprising chief justice Sanjoy Karol and justice Arindam Lodh after hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) directed the Tripura government to immediately stop the sacrifice of animals in all temples within the precincts of the state.
The court, in its order, said, “No person shall sacrifice such animals within the precincts of any of the temples within the state of Tripura.”