Five men were arrested from Murbad in Thane district on Tuesday for allegedly transporting cows without licences, after a local resident raised suspicions that the animals were being taken for slaughter. Following the complaint on Tuesday morning, the Murbad police station detained two pickup trucks outside a roadside restaurant and petrol pump and found six cows inside the vehicles. The police has valued the livestock at Rs 9 lakh.
Kalyan residents Rajendra Jadhav and Babu Bangar and Murbad residents Shashikant Shelke, Arun Khapre and Harishchandra Dhumal have been arrested and booked them under the Maharashtra Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2015. “The accused are farmers and had purchased the livestock at a market in Murbad. They were transporting the cows home when a local spotted them and raised an alarm,” said a Murbad police officer. The police said the accused did not have the requisite documents to transport the cows.
The officer added that the accused had not made provisions for food and water for the cows to last the entire journey, and did not possess a doctor’s certificate and vehicle permit, which is mandatory under the new Act in order to transport livestock. “One of the accused did not even have a receipt of purchase. However, it is not a case of purchase for slaughter,” said Sunil Tambe, Assistant Police Inspector, Murbad police station.