Six persons, accused of cow slaughter, were sent to police remand till April 19 by a Malerkotla court on Saturday. Police teams have also been dispatched to neighbouring states to arrest other accused in the case, including Kaka Saleem Khussewal against whom over 20 FIRs are pending in various cities in Punjab.
In a late night operation on Thursday, the Sangrur police had arrested the six on charges of allegedly slaughtering over 30 stray cows. The police said they found skeletons of the cows buried in the verandah of a house and nearly three kg of raw cow meat was stored in a refrigerator there. The suspects were booked under the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals Act. Cow slaughter is banned in Punjab.
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Jaskiranjit Singh Teja, Superintendent of police (detective), Sangrur said, “We will interrogate the accused so as to establish links with the suppliers of beef. We recovered over 3 kg of beef from the refrigerator of Sattar Ali’s house.”
Sattar Ali was earlier accused of killing his brother Malawdin in 2002. Police suspected that Ali was having an affair with Malawdin’s wife Mante, who also may have conspired against her husband. The court, however, acquitted both for want of evidence.
Later, the police learnt that Mante started living with Ali along with her son from her previous marriage Dilshad who was in his thirties. The three, along with Dishad’s friend Rinku, and father-son duo Mohammad Haleen and Khushi Mohammad from Malerkotla were arrested on Friday on the said charges.
“After Malawdin’s murder, the ‘family’ shifted to the outskirts of the village where they built a house,” said Teja.
Meanwhile Satish Kumar, President of Gau Raksha Dal, Punjab said, “There are more carcasses under the verandah. More digging has to be done.”
During the dig, a part of the house had also been demolished as the foundations of the house had gotten weak, said police officers.