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Action against cow slaughter accused sought

THREE PERSONS were caught red-handed by Indore Municipal Corporation officials when they were throwing skins, hoofs and other body parts of cows on the banks of Khan River under the Krishnapura Bridge.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 11:56 IST

THREE PERSONS were caught red-handed by Indore Municipal Corporation officials when they were throwing skins, hoofs and other body parts of cows on the banks of Khan River under the Krishnapura Bridge.

Members of the saffron brigade got a whiff of the incident and they trooped to the MG Road police station where the three accused were taken, demanding action against those arrested. They damaged the vehicle in which the cowhides were being transported and warned the police that if strict action was not taken against those arrested, they would ‘act on their own’ and the police would be responsible for it.

Early this morning, IMC officials arrested Mushtaq and Gabru both residents of Nasulpura, Chota Nagda, and Yunus resident of Dewas while they were dumping the cowhides and other things. Another accused, Raja son of Rafiq, managed to run away. The three accused were brought to the MG Road police station and were booked under various Sections of Rashtra Gaurav Adhiniyam.

As soon as members of the saffron brigade came to know of the incident, they trooped in and staged a demonstration at the MG Road police station. They shouted provocative slogans against members of a particular community and demanded that the police should find out where they had slaughtered the cows and where they had sold the meat. They also demanded that all accused be externed from the district.

At one point it appeared that the saffronites might attempt to storm the police station and beat the three accused. To counter this, the police put on their battle gear and barricaded the entrance of the police station.

The saffronites gave 24 hours to the police to act, and the police assured them that all necessary action would be taken. The saffronites left the police station after receiving the assurance.

Members of the saffron brigade alleged that cow meat was being brought from Dewas and Mhow area every day and sold in various places of Indore, and the police were turning a blind eye to all the activities. “It is only when we inform the police that they act, otherwise, they take no initiative on their own,” alleged Umesh Sharma, an office-bearer of the Bajrang Dal.

Additional SP Rajesh Hingankar said that of the three arrested, Mushtaq has a case of theft registered against him with the Dewas police.