POLICE ON Sunday booked five Muslim men from Gudamba area of Lucknow on the suspicion that they had stolen and slaughtered three cows. This, after a complaint was lodged against them by a farmer, whose five cows went missing since Friday.
Deepu Yadav, a resident of Bhagatpura village, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his five cows had gone missing on Friday. He claimed that while one cow returned early Saturday, another was found lying, with its legs tied by a rope, in a nullah near Bhakhamau village.
He alleged that the cow that returned home also had a rope tied, indicating that it was caught by someone. “Near the nullah where I found my cow today, there was blood. Three of my cows have been slaughtered,” Yadav claimed. He has named Arif, Zaheer, Puttan, Sadiq, all residents of Bhakhamau village, and Jalal — a resident of Achramau village — in his complaint.
Gudamba Station Officer Shashikant Yadav, however, said police have not found any blood or evidence at the spot, which could establish that the cows were slaughtered there.
“The FIR has been lodged on the basis of suspicion raised by the complainant. Police teams are trying to arrest those named in the FIR. The case has been registered under Section 379 (theft) of the IPC and under Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act,” he added.