Tests on meat seized from two people hailing from West Bengal have revealed it is beef, said Gurgaon police Friday. “According to the report submitted to us by the city veterinary doctor, it is now clear the meat was that of cow,” said Vikas Kaushik, SHO, Sushant Lok police station.
Police had arrested Shabibur Rehman and Mushabbar Rehman Sunday on charges of trafficking beef – 35 kg – from Faridabad to slums in Gurgaon’s Wazirabad.
According to the SHO, this is the second case in Sushant Lok police station limits under sections 3 and 8 of the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015.
Cow slaughter, consumption, sale and storage of beef is prohibited in Haryana and a violation attracts rigorous imprisonment ranging from three to 10 years and a fine between Rs 30,000 and Rs 1 lakh.
Around 7 am Sunday, members of a ‘gau rakshak’ (cow protectors) group had noticed three men standing next to an autorickshaw with two plastic bags inside near Ardee City, said Kuldeep Janghu, a social activist.
When asked to say what was inside the bags, the men refused to cooperate and soon a crowd gathered.
The crowd opened the bags and found meat packed in smaller packets inside, added Janghu.
According to sources, as suspicion of the meat being beef gained ground, the crowd roughed up two of them, even as the other person with them fled. Later, the crowd handed over the duo to the police, said the sources.
The accused were admitted to civil hospital following minor injuries and were discharged in a few hours, said the police.
“The two were sent to 14-day judicial remand in Bhondsi Jail and investigation is on,” said Kaushik.