August 18, 2016 2:16:52 am
TENSION prevailed in Gauspur village of Baghpat district after police recovered over 150 kgs of meat from a butcher’s house in Singhavali police station area Tuesday.
Police claimed they seized the meat following an information about cow slaughter in the house. The meat has been sent for laboratory test.
The police have lodged an FIR against five persons, including 60-year-old woman owner of the house, under Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Prevention Act.
The police have also arrested the woman, Wakeela, and a neighbourhood youth, Talib (22) from the house.
Three others including Wakeela’s son Nazim and his associates Monu and Sonu managed to escape from the spot, the police claimed.
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Additional SP, Baghpat, Aziz-ul Haq said the district veterinary officer checked the meat and said “it was of cow or its progeny”. However, they meat sample has also been sent for lab test to get an authentic report, he added.
A mob led by local Bajrang Dal leaders reached the village, which is Muslim dominated, and raised slogans against cow slaughter following which heavy police force have been deployed to maintain peace, said Circle Officer, Baghpat, Karamveer Singh.
Station House Officer, Singhavali police station, Satish Chandra said a local court Wednesday sent Talib to judicial custody.
Wakeela was granted bail on grounds of health from the police station against two securities of Rs 50,000 each, Chandra added.
The SHO said they were tipped-off on Tuesday afternoon about a stolen cow being slaughtered in a house at Gauspur village following which they conducted a raid.
Seeing the police, three persons managed to escape after scaling the boundary wall of the house, while Wakeela and Talib were caught.
The police recovered around 150 kgs of the meat from the place, added the SHO. “We also recovered blood-stained butcher knives lying nearby the meat,” the SHO said.
As the news spread, a mob from another community from adjoining villages led by Bajrang Dal workers gathered outside Wakeela’s house.
They raised slogans against cow slaughter and demanded arrest of the accused who escaped.
Bajrang Dal district convener, Vinod Khindaura said, “We reached the village after coming to know about beef being recovered from a house. We staged protest and later ended it after senior police officers assured us of strict action against the culprits.”
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