No stopping Sulia animal sacrifice

Bolangir: Defying High Court order and prohibitive measures by the district and police administration, hundreds of tribals today sacrificed large number of animals including birds during the Sulia festival at Khairaguda. The administration was handicapped before the large crowd supporting the age-old tradition.

The High Court had asked the Bolangir district administration and the police to stop the inhuman practice while the traditional tribals were equally hell bent to continue the practice. Thousands of tribals armed with traditional weapons like bows and arrows congregated at Khairaguda and Kumuria early in the morning. Beating drums and traditional musical instruments, the tribals marched to a place hundred metres away from the Sana Khala, the main sacrificing spot for the inhuman ritual of animal sacrifice.

Earlier, the administration had imposed Section 144 banning unlawful gathering and also imposed Section 107 on 18 persons including the chief servitor. Senior officials of the district administration, nine platoons of policemen, four magistrates and four police officers of the rank of SDPOs were present to prevent the sacrifices. But the district and police administration were compelled to stand as mute spectators before the large number of tribals and the sacrifices went on as usual.

Later, the additional superintendent of police Srikant Mishra who was in the over-all charge of the arrangents said that stern measures would be initiated against all those who defied the order of the High Court and violated prohibitory orders. The district adivasi sangh had lent its support to the people arguing in favour of animal sacrifice.