Four unidentified armed men allegedly held a dairy farm owner hostage in the early hours of Wednesday in Ghaziabad and escaped with three of his buffaloes. The alleged incident took place at Dundahera next to the Crossings Republik township. The Ghaziabad police have lodged an FIR into the incident.
According to Rajeev Kumar, owner of the dairy farm, four armed men arrived around 4am when he was sleeping in a room at his dairy.
“They put the weapon to my head, and dragged me outside by my hair. They later broke the lock of the cattle enclosure and took out three buffaloes. They also searched the farm and took Rs 20,000 before escaping into the dark,” he said.
“I don’t know how they took the buffaloes. It could be in a vehicle or they could have left with the cattle on foot. They were all masked and left me behind, threatening me against revealing the incident to anyone. I then called up police emergency number 100 and also lodged a complaint. I want the police to look for my cattle as they are my only source of income,” he added.
The city police now face the uphill task of identifying and tracing the three buffaloes.
“We have lodged an FIR for robbery. So far, there is no evidence of Rs 20,000 being robbed during the incident. Only the three buffaloes were taken. It may not be for slaughter, but the incident seems to be pre-planned,” said Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city).
In 2014, seven buffaloes belonging to UP minister Azam Khan were stolen from Rampur. The incident had kept the UP police on their toes. The cattle was later recovered, but three police personnel were suspended for dereliction of duty.