The Bhind police Wednesday arrested four people, including three brothers, for allegedly slaughtering a calf and eating its meat.
A cow and a calf owned by one Antar Singh in Nauda village under Ron police station limits, about 35 km from the district headquarters, had gone missing on September 18.
A village watchman, Pratap Singh, said that he had seen one Lalla Khan take away the cow and the calf from a government school compound. While the cow was found alive, the calf had gone missing.
The villagers said they were suspicious of Khan and lodged a complaint. A mob of over 250 persons had gathered in the town and blocked highway traffic.
ASP Amrat Meena said a police team raided Khan’s house and recovered the calf’s head and legs. “They admitted to slaughtering the calf and eating its meat,” Meena said, adding that four people were arrested and sent to jail.
Khan, his brothers Mushtaq and Shamsad, all three in their 60s, along with a youth, were arrested. The police said the sons of the three brothers work as labourers and were away when the alleged slaughter took place.
The four have been booked under the state’s Cow Slaughter Act. “We will oppose their bail if they apply,” said the ASP.