Outrage over camel mutilation drives urgent action from Sindh officials

Secretary of Livestock Kazim Jatoi visited the Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) animal shelter on Monday, following directives from Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The visit followed a magistrate’s decision to remand six suspects in connection with the recent brutal camel mutilation in Sanghar district.

The suspects, arrested in Shahdadpur, allegedly chopped off the camel’s right leg in Mund Jamrao village. In response to the chief minister’s orders, Secretary Jatoi also facilitated the transport of an injured donkey to Karachi for treatment. Both animals are currently receiving care at the CDRS, with the Sindh government covering the costs. Additionally, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is arranging a prosthetic leg for the camel from Dubai.

Jatoi reported that the camel’s leg is healing and that the donkey’s leg will be x-rayed tomorrow to determine further treatment.

Punishment and arrests

The camel was injured on Friday when a landlord allegedly severed its leg as punishment for grazing in his field. The incident gained widespread attention on social media, prompting the Sanghar police to contact the camel’s owner, Soomar Behan, a poor peasant who refused to identify the perpetrator. Consequently, police filed an FIR against six unknown individuals under sections 429 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

When the police attempted to arrest the suspects on Saturday, they reportedly resisted and attacked the officers. The six suspects, identified as Rustam Shar, Abid Shar, Jaffar Jatt, Abdul Shakoor Shar, Gul Baig Lashari, and Darya Khan Shar, were later arrested. Duty magistrate Asif Sial remanded them to police custody for four days for further investigation.

Notice and treatment

PPP members Shazia Marri and former senator Quratulain Marri condemned the incident and coordinated the camel’s rescue. They referred the camel to the CDRS for treatment. Sarah Jahangir, CDRS Benji Director, stated that the camel, affectionately named Cammie, is stable but at risk of infection. “She’s stable, but her leg is infected,” Jahangir said, noting that treatment involves fresh dressings, antibiotics, and IV fluids to prevent infection.

The PPP members ensured the camel’s transport to Karachi with police escort, arriving at the shelter in severe pain. CDRS is exploring prosthetic leg options for Cammie and plans to consult experts from Karachi and Dubai.

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