Updated: October 17, 2016 9:07:14 am
THE PUNE police have booked two men for allegedly transporting 10 cows in a truck without feeding them or taking “proper care” resulting in the death of three. The cattle were being transported from Amreli in Gujarat to some undisclosed location in Maharashtra when the police intercepted the vehicle at Moshi on a tip off. Truck driver Siraj Razzak More, 28, a resident of Amreli in Gujarat, and his help Yunus Khalifa, 30, have been booked under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 for forcing the cows into a condition that led to their death.
According to Bhosari MIDC Sub-Inspector Vasant Mule, someone had called the police control room to inform about a truck carrying out illegal transportation of cattle via the Pune-Nashik highway. The truck was intercepted at Moshi Toll Plaza when it was approaching Pune from Chakan.
“Following the tip off, a night round team conducted inspections of vehicles at and near the Moshi Toll Booth, finally managing to intercept the truck which contained 10 cows. The driver required permission for the transport of cattle. On inspection, we also found out that three of the cattle were already dead, prima facie due to suffocation as 10 animals were stuffed in a truck which could only accommodate six or the animals probably stepped on each other in the overspeeding vehicle,” said Mule.
“The remaining seven animals have been sent to a shelter. The truck driver and the helper have been sent to jail as a magisterial court refused to grant police custody request by the police,” he added.
Cow protection activist Atul Dashrath Sable, 28, from Yerwada, Pune, has registered a complaint in the matter with Bhosari MIDC police station.
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