Alwar police found the carcasses of 36 cows in the jungles of a village on the Haryana border on Thursday. The police are awaiting an autopsy report even as twelve persons were arrested in this connection.
Several police teams are still raiding the villages along the state border in search of the other accused, said superintendent of police Rahul Prakash.
The police official said on Wednesday evening that the police had received a tip-off that some Meo Muslims were killing cows in the jungles that fall under Nagaon police station, 60 km from the city.
“Our teams rushed to the spot around 11 pm and arrested 12 people,” he said.
Police recovered a truck, four motorcycles, knives and ropes, and rescued six cows from the spot.
Of the 36 cows, 35 had been killed earlier while one carcass suggested a recent burial, the officer said. The police are awaiting the autopsy report.
A police officer, not wanting to be named, said that it looked like a case of animal sacrifice on Eid-ul-Zuha.
Those arrested have been identified as Noor Mohammad (55), Shaukat Ali (39), Javed (25), Hakmuddin (48), Fakruddin (32), Khurshid (32), Irfan (26), Rashid (20), Ameen (45) and Sajid Khan (20) from Raghunathgarh, and Shaukeen (22) and Altaf (24) from Firozpur, Haryana. They have been booked under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, and will be presented in court on Friday.
Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the government was making all efforts to curb cow smuggling, and added that strict action will be taken against those involved in the illegal trade.