A dilapidated railway quarter in Betul district has turned into a den for cattle smugglers, operating between Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Maharashtra.
Acting on complaints by local residents about railway quarters being used by smugglers to lock cattle before being smuggled to slaughter houses in Maharashtra, a Betul Kotwali police team raided the Indira Colony locality and freed 14 cattle on Monday late night.
The Betul Kotwali police, on getting information on Monday night, had first requested the government railway police (GRP) to act, but when the GRP didn’t act, the Betul Kotwali was left with no option but to conduct the raid itself, sources said.
“We raided a condemned railway quarter and found that it was locked from outside. When the lock was broken and doors opened, we found that cattle were tied to tethers inside. All the cattle were freed and shifted to a safer cowshed elsewhere in Betul,” Betul Kotwali in charge SR Jha said on Tuesday.
According to locals, this practice has been going on for long.
“Our next task is to find out the gang which had locked the cattle in large numbers in the dilapidated quarter,” the Betul Kotwali in charge added.