Forget cops chasing criminals to stop crime. Policemen at Nainpur police station of the tribal-dominated Mandla district have turned graziers to satiate the hunger of the 100-plus cows seized in the past week from alleged cattle smugglers.
While 45 animals were seized from two cattle smugglers on Sunday, police seized two trucks stuffed with 60 bovines on Thursday and arrested four alleged smugglers. “With no space available for seized cattle at existing cowsheds, we kept the animals under round-the-clock vigil of our staff for at least three days, before we found suitable cowsheds,” said Nainpur police station in-charge Sudip Soni.
“The cow shelter only has space for 15-20 heads of cattle, which forced us to keep the 60 seized animals in the open ground under continued vigil and graze them in dry grassland in the morning,” Soni added.
All six cattle smuggling suspects arrested in the last six days hail from Pindrai village, notorious for smuggling cattle for slaughter to Maharashtra.
The opposition Congress mocked the incident as an attempt to gain publicity. “Police catches some smugglers but after attacting media glare, they return the seized cattle to the offenders on the pretext that they have produced documents,” alleged Mandla Congress district president Sanjay Parihar.