TWO WEEKS after a man and his son were arrested for allegedly trying to slaughter a calf and animal cruelty in Pilibhit district, an inquiry has found the charges to be false.
Following this, Pilibhit SP Muniraj G has ordered another probe to verify the findings before initiating action against the concerned policemen and making a move to release the two accused.
Karan Singh (47) and his son Sunil Kumar (22) were arrested while carrying a calf on August 7 in Jahanabad area in the district. Residents of Varanvada village, they are lodged at Pilibhit District Jail.
After Singh’s daughter Manju Devi met the SP alleging the two have been booked on false charges and that they were bringing the calf to her house at nearby Jatipur village, the SP had asked the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) to probe the matter.
When contacted, the SP said he has received the inquiry report. “The report has found that the police action against the father-son duo was wrong. Now, I would get the findings of this report verified by a circle officer-rank official. If the allegations are found true, further step would be taken,” he added.
Manju said despite her father telling the police that the calf belonged to his cow and he was taking it to her house, they were arrested.
Investigating officer of the case, Sub-inspector Durga Singh, said: “Karan and Sunil were arrested at Shahi village by two policemen on the suspicion that they were taking the calf for slaughter. They were brought to Jahanabad police station and a case was registered against them. They have no other criminal cases registered in the district against them.”
Jahanabad police Station Officer Bhola Singh added that both were booked on charges of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Prevention Act.