Tension gripped Jambusar town in Bharuch district, situated some 50 kilometers from Vadodara, after a dead cow calf was found in a hotel premises in wee hours on Saturday.
The owner of a hotel in the Depot locality of the town was arrested in connection with slaughtering a cow calf, whose dead body was recovered from the premisesat around 2:30 am.
The police booked the hotel owner, Sikandar Rasool Malik and took him for questioning, while other persons involved in the act escaped before the police could reach the spot.
Security arrangements were tightened and the police teams were deployed on important points across the town, even a battalion of the Special Operations Group (SOG) was called in from Bharuch to ensure that the tension does not escalate into a communal clash.
Acting on a tip off received late Friday night, that a cow was being slaughtered at the premises of Savera hotel, situated near a state bus depot, the police reached the spot and found a dead calf with deep gash on its neck.
Materials used to slaughter cows, such as knives, rods and ropes were also recovered from the spot. The shutter of the hotel, which is situated in the basement of a shopping complex, was half open, but nobody was seen there. The police took the owner of the hotel, Rasool, for questioning and booked him under various sections of Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2011, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and Indian Penal Code.
“We are questioning the owner of the hotel about who all were involved in the act, though the clear picture is yet to emerge. We found a dead calf with cut mark on its body from the premises of the hotel Savera and the shutter of the hotel was open, so based on circumstantial evidences, we have booked the owner. The hotel is situated in the basement of a shopping complex. We have tightened the security and deployed police at checkpoints across the town to avoid any clash among members of two communities,” said police inspector GR Sharma.
Rasool was booked under sections 6(B) and 8(4) of Gujarat Animal Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2011, and sections 5-6-8-10-11-(L), 11(3) of the Cruelty to Animals Act, and sections 295(B) and 114 of the IPC.
Leaders of Muslim and Hindu communities appealed to the police to act swiftly and arrest the culprits so that the town remains peaceful.