Want to obtain a gun licence in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh? Then donate ten blankets for cows in a ‘gaushala’ to protect them from cold.

The orders on the new rule for securing a gun licence were issued on Saturday by Gwalior district collector Anurag Choudhary, after visiting a civicrun ‘gaushala’ in Gola Ka Mandir area where six cows died recently due to ‘excessive cold’.

He also visited a cow shelter in Lal Tipara area, also run by the Gwalior Municipal Corporation (GMC).

In June this year, Choudhary had ordered applicants seeking a gun licence to plant trees and shoot a selfie while submitting applications. Applicants were directed to take care of saplings for a month.

“After visiting the cow shelters, the collector ordered that each applicant should donate 10 blankets to (either of) the two gaushalas (cow shelters). Directives have been issued in this regard,” said a public relations department officer.

Earlier last week, activists of right wing Bajrang Dal had staged a protest after the death of six cows apparently due to cold in the Gola Ka Mandir shelter. According to civic officials, the two shelters in Gola Ka Mandir and Lal Tipara areas house at least 8,000 cows.

Gwalior, which falls under the Chambal region which was once notorious for dacoits, has a long history of holding firearms.

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