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Crackdown on cow slaughter: Cops invoke PASA against four

On the eve of Bakrid, Ahmedabad Crime Branch’s raids went awry in Shahpur, leading to clashes.

Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad |
October 14, 2014 1:52:18 am
The Indian Express had reported on Monday that the police did not book those arrested in the case under PASA Act. The Indian Express had reported on Monday that the police did not book those arrested in the case under PASA Act.

The Ahmedabad district police booked four persons, arrested from Juhapura in the alleged cow slaughter cases that led to clashes in Ahmedabad and Navsari, under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities (PASA) Act on Monday.

The Indian Express had reported the same day that the police did not book those arrested in the case under PASA Act, as per Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s directive. The accused were arrested on on October 3 for allegedly trading in cows meant for slaughter.

Acting on a tip-off, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) had raided Fatehwadi Bhatt locality and found eight calves hidden near the Rizwan Row House in house no 38. Allegedly meant for slaughter, the eight calves were reportedly bought for Rs 16,000.

The LCB had arrested four men from Fatehwadi locality of Juhapura. They were identified as Lakhan alias Imran Ramzan Sheikh (24) and three brothers – Amir Khan Wazir Khan Pathan alias Aamir Mama (29), Nazir Khan Wazir Khan Pathan (30) and Zameer Khan Wazir Khan Pathan (38).

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Sub-Inspector A Y Baloch of the LCB said, “We applied PASA  Act on the instructions of the district SP today. We were told about the newspaper report that the PASA Act was not being applied on the accused in the case. We have booked the accused under PASA  besides other sections of animal slaughter that were applied earlier.”  Usually, PASA is invoked against repeated offenders, but the CM had directed the Act to be applied in cow slaughter and beef trading cases also.

Baloch stated that these accused were arrested from their house.  The calves were tethered in their backyard. The calves were allegedly going to be taken for slaughter and were rescued in time. A case was registered with the Aslali police station. The accused are now in judicial custody. The case was registered on the same day the Ahmedabad city police and Ahmedabad Crime Branch raided Mirzapur mutton market and rescued 14 calves.

Hanif Langda, a history-sheeter and allegefly the biggest animal trader in the city, and his men had attacked the police party, triggering clashes.  This paper had reported on Monday that in the recent cases of raids on beef traders that led to riots in Ahmedabad and Navsari, the police did not book the accused  under the PASA Act despite the Chief Minister’s order.  Langda and his aides – Jamaluddin Sheikh, Jahangir Kureshi, Mohsin Dadhi, Mayuddin, Gulab Wahid – were booked for rioting, attempt to murder and other charges under the Indian Penal Code. Despite Langda being a history sheeter, there was no mention of PASA act in the FIR. On October 4, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch Inspector Bhavesh Rojiya had apprehended a mini tempo at Shahibaug that, he claimed, was loaded with beef.

However, the vehicle was found empty. After firing two rounds at the vehicle, he had arrested Salman Khan Pathan of Danilimda and Zakir Pathan of Jamalpur, claiming that the duo worked with the butchers in the city. However, the police did not invoke PASA Act against the two held.

On the eve of Bakrid, Ahmedabad Crime Branch’s raids went awry in Shahpur, leading to clashes.  The police claimed that beef was stored, but there was neither any seizure nor a case filed.

However, no case of PASA was invoked against the suspects. Similarly, in Dabhel village of Navsari, a police team that had gone to probe an alleged cow slaughter incident was attacked by a mob of villagers.  The police, in this case too, claimed that cow slaughter had taken place in the village, but booked none under PASA.

Sources in the Home department said that thePolice were asked to look into the lapse in invoking PASA  Act against those arrested.

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