Three persons were arrested on charges of slaughtering cows in Purana Kasba locality under City Kotwali police station of Baghpat district on Monday, triggering tension in the area.
The arrested — Inaam, Shahrukh and Kallu — are the owners of three houses from where the police recovered meat, skins and bones of around 40 animals, including cows, on Sunday. They have been arrested on charges under the Cow Slaughtering Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The recovered remains of animals have been sent to the laboratory for examination.
Workers of BJP’s youth wing, Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) reached the spot and staged protests alleging that illegal slaughtering was going on in connivance of the police. The protest ended after senior officials assured investigation into the alleged role of policemen.
Shailesh Kumar Pandey, Superintendent of Police, Baghpat, said, “The recovered skins are old. We will also probe if policemen were aware about the activity at these places.”
Dr Ravindra Kumar, chief veterinary officer, Baghpat, said, “There were several old and seven new skins of animals. Samples of skins and bones have been sent to laboratory. Head of a calf was also recovered from one of the houses.”
Circle Officer, City area, Ompal Singh, said police raided the houses on a tip-off about remains of slaughtered animals stored at the three houses at Purana Kasba locality. Policemen broke into the houses that were locked. In the meantime, BJYM and VHP men too arrived there.
“We found remains, including skins and bones, of around 40 animals from these houses. The accused had used chemical to preserve the skins,” Singh said. He claimed that most of the skins were that of buffaloes and said laboratory report would confirm if any of them were that of cows.
“Local residents said that illegal slaughtering of animals were going on at these places during the previous government. However, it stopped after the BJP government banned illegal slaughter houses,” the CO said. “The men said they bought the remains of animals from slaughter houses in Meerut and stored them at their houses to sell them at higher rates,” Singh said.
Vicky Chowdhary, city secretary of the VHP, said, “We have demanded an inquiry by senior police officers to know whether the slaughter was taking place with the knowledge of police. Large quantity of skins and bones hint that slaughtering of animals were going there only.”
Recovery in Baghpat
* May 19: Carcasses of seven cows were recovered along with weapons used for slaughtering them, in Singhavali area
* May 20: Carcasses of two cows
were found at Naya Gaon area
* May 30: The carcass of a cow was spotted by some local villagers in an open field in City Kotwali police station area