After 18 months, Azam khan's cattle thief is finally arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 11:24 IST

Eighteen months after the buffaloes belonging to senior UP minister Azam Khanwent missing from his Rampur farm house, the police on Monday claimed to have arrested the person who allegedly took them away.

Chhunnan, a resident of Khaikhera village, was arrested from a forest in Khaikhera area of Moradabad, while, he along with two of friends, were hatching a conspiracy to commit a robbery, claimed police.

Parading the accused before media, the police claimed that the arrested person had confessed to his crime of stealing the minister’s cattle. While seven buffaloes were stolen from the dairy farm of Khan on January 31, 2014, five persons were arrested and sent to the jail.

Acting promptly, the police had recovered the buffaloes within 36 hours. Some police personnel were suspended for dereliction in duty.

However, the sixth accused Chhunnan was at large since then.“Police during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday arrested Chhunnan. Six cases against him are pending with the police,” said superintendent of police (rural) Prabal Pratap Singh.Two others who were arrested are Babu alias Alam Khan, a resident of Khaikhera and Muzammil Khan, a resident of Mansoorpur.


Social activist Dr Nutan Thakur on Tuesday sent a cheque of Rs 100 to Mundapande station officer Ravindra Tomar for having arrested the thief who had stolen Azam Khan’s buffaloes.

Dr Thakur said that the kind of happiness and satisfaction, the local police got after having arrested this thief and the pride and willingness with which it presented these facts before the media generates new hopes in her heart that it will show the same swiftness and empathy in other cases of theft as well.

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