A cow protection team, working from Gurgaon police lines, has been shifted and posted at Sohna police station to keep vigil on routes leading to Mewat district.
The decision was taken following complaints and feedback that Sohna road route was being used by cattle smugglers to reach Mewat. The Cow Protection Task Force (CPTF), constituted by the Haryana government in July, has received inputs that cattle from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jhajjar, and other parts of Haryana were smuggled to Mewat through Sohna.
Police have impounded several vehicles ferrying cows at Sohna road this year. The team comprising 12 constables, an inspector and an assistant sub-inspector would be located at Sohna police station.
The team will check vehicles and patrol about 45-kms road leading to Mewat. The road goes to Ghasera, Nuh, Ferozpur Jhirka and other areas where cow slaughter for beef is suspected.
“There were specific inputs that cattle smugglers were using Sohna road route to enter Mewat. The team was shifted to Sohna for better coordinated and to keep vigil,” Bharti Arora , inspector general (IG) of police and nodal officer of CPTF, said.
Arora, who is also IG, vigilance bureau in Gurgaon, was assigned the task of monitoring the functioning of CPTF teams constituted in all districts in July. She heads a team of 62 non-gazetted officers and 224 police personnel.
The task of CPTF was, however, mired in controversy after police collected samples of biryani from Ferozpure Jhirka and other areas of Mewat in August. The samples, tested at Lala Lajpat Rai university of veterinary and animal sciences Hisar, reportedly found “meat of cattle species” in biryani.
Police are to file a case under the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gau Samvardhan Act 2015 but there has been no headway in this direction and the report is lying with the state government.
Cattle smuggling cases
•September 25: Police rescued six cows from a pick-up van at Raisina Mod in Bhondsi, 20 kms from Gurgaon. The driver and his helper managed to flee and the cows were sent to a local cow shelter.
•August 29: police claimed to have seized about 300 cow hides near Sohna from a canter travelling towards Mewat from Gurgaon. The driver managed to flee.
•August 5: Police found 25 dead bovines and one in critical condition inside a truck at Manesar. A government veterinary surgeon had concluded that the cattle died of asphyxiation, starvation and dehydration.
•August 3: Mewat police had recovered 17 cow hides from a house at Baded village under Punhana police station limit.