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Uttar Pradesh: 16 booked for selling off cattle rescued from smugglers

The Police has seized the cattle from a truck near Kanchanpur village arresting Jitendra Kumar, Parvez, Mohammad Zubair and the truck driver Amarnath,

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
August 28, 2016 1:40:06 am

As many as 15 villagers have been booked and one arrested for selling off 20 cows and oxen rescued from cattle smugglers three months ago in Deoria district.

According to Anil Kumar Pandey, SHO of Tarkulwa police station, they had received a tip-off a week ago that the cattle had been sold, which was confirmed by a police team that went to check. “I have lodged a case against 16 villagers under IPC section 406 (criminal breach of trust) for selling off the cattle,” said Pandey. On Friday, police arrested Ram Avtar of Parsauni village. Avtar later admitted to selling off the animal. Police are now conducting raids to arrest other accused and also recover the sold cattle.

The police had seized the cattle from a truck near Kanchanpur village on May 16, arresting Jitendra Kumar, Parvez, Mohammad Zubair and the truck driver Amarnath under the Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Prevention Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

They then handed over the animals to 16 residents of nearby villages – Parsauni, Narainpur, Tarkulwa, Dwarika and Rampur – instructing them to take care of the cattle and produce them when required during legal proceedings.

The handover had been done as per legal formalities which included records of the number of animals handed over to a villager and identification. Some of the villagers had even taken two animals. The villagers were warned that the cattle cannot be sold, said Pandey.

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Sub-inspector Gufran, the investigating officer in the case, said, “We have served legal notices to 15 villagers informing them to appear at the police station failing which we will initiate legal action after seeking directions from court.”

The police have filed a chargesheet against the four arrested for transporting the cattle, who are presently out on bail. “The Gangster Act has been slapped on Kumar, Parvez and Zubair,” said investigating officer, sub-inspector Bhupendra Kumar Singh.

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