Glanders scare: ‘cancel or delay derby’

  • By Hindu
  • | Wednesday | 14th February, 2018

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Tuesday asked the Delhi Golf Course to postpone or cancel the North India Derby, scheduled later this month, due to the scare of the potentially fatal equine glanders disease. A notice has been issued to the Delhi Golf Course asking it either to postpone the event till mid-April or cancel it due to the scare of “deadly zoonotic disease”, the Delhi government’s Additional Standing Counsel said. The counsel for the owner had said their horses were free from glanders and were ready to undergo the tests again. Delhi government’s Additional Standing Counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan said a notification was issued to the Delhi Golf Course asking it either to postpone the event till mid-April or cancel it due to the scare of “deadly zoonotic disease”. He had told the court that 46 horses had tested positive for glanders in the Capital and the infection was spreading.

A notice has been issued to the Delhi Golf Course asking it either to postpone the event till mid-April or cancel it due to the scare of “deadly zoonotic disease”, the Delhi government’s Additional Standing Counsel said.



The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Tuesday asked the Delhi Golf Course to postpone or cancel the North India Derby, scheduled later this month, due to the scare of the potentially fatal equine glanders disease.

Delhi government’s Additional Standing Counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan said a notification was issued to the Delhi Golf Course asking it either to postpone the event till mid-April or cancel it due to the scare of “deadly zoonotic disease”.

The government’s submission before the Delhi High Court came a day after the court questioned it for allowing horses, including those in the President’s cavalcade, to participate in the Republic Day celebrations.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher had also questioned the Delhi government on how it allowed the North India Derby, which is scheduled to take place in the Delhi Golf Course on February 27, as the infection could spread among humans besides animals.

Ban on activities

Mr. Khan told the court that the government had banned all kinds of activities related to horses in Delhi. He had told the court that 46 horses had tested positive for glanders in the Capital and the infection was spreading.

A January 15 notification of the AAP government had banned equine movement to and from the Capital for three months to check the contagious infection.

Glanders is an infection caused by bacterium Burkholderia mallei due to ingestion of contaminated feed or water. Its symptoms include formation of nodular lesions in lungs and ulcers in respiratory tract and acute cases result in coughing, fever, and septicaemia.

The court was hearing plea of owner of two horses, who were not allowed to participate in the North India Derby as they would be brought from Mumbai. The counsel for the owner had said their horses were free from glanders and were ready to undergo the tests again.

However, taking in consideration Tuesday’s development, the court allowed the owner to withdraw the petition. Stay updated with all the Delhi Latest News headlines here. For more exclusive & live news updates from all around India, stay connected with NYOOOZ.

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