Just weeks after the Maharashtra government approved a law banning beef trade, the police have stepped in with two people being arrested for allegedly slaughtering two calves in Malegaon.This is first such arrest in the state.
On Wednesday the Malegaon Police had registered a case against three people identified as Hameed alias Landi,Rashid alias Pandiya and Asif Talathi under the new law.
The trio had been booked by the police under sections 5 and 9 of the newly amended Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act,1995. The police have also seized 150 kg of beef worth Rs 35,000 on Wednesday, but when it raided an abandoned shop within the jurisdiction of Azad Nagar police station they were not able to nab the accused who managed to flee from the spot. A manhunt ensued and two of the three accused were nabbed early Friday morning, the police said.
“We have arrested Hamid and Rashid and are looking out for Asif,” Additional Superintendent of Police, Sunil Kadasane told The Indian Express.
The BJP-led government in Maharashtra had approved the Maharashtra Animal Prevention Bill, first introduced two decades ago to extend a ban already in force on killing of cows to bulls and bullocks. Abattoirs in the state including in Deonar in the city were shut down after pressure reportedly from the VHP.
According to Kadasane, the animals are smuggled into town and taken to either abandoned or rented rooms where they are butchered and cut into four halves. The pieces are then put in polythene bags and then taken to the recipients,” he said.
Meanwhile the 20,000 strong Qureshi community of Malegaon while condemning this said that the government has failed to protect their interests.
“We feel disappointed and cheated by the present government. They are spending around Rs.1000 crore in protecting cows, bullocks and buffaloes but what about us? We are human beings. What about our interests? We are left jobless ,” a visibly angry Naeem Qureshi, a Malegaon resident told The Indian Express.
“Such law will lead to lawlessness in the town. 20,000 people are left unemployed overnight. We have families to feed. How are we going to feed them? The government should rethink on the legislature and take it back. We will continue to protest till the government rules in our favor,” he adds. Earlier this week over 1000 members of the Qureshi community protested at Mumbai’s Azad maid.
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