: Two men were arrested after recovery of suspected beef that fell out of their tempo after it tripped on a road at Dugri village near Sangrur district’s Malerkotla town on Thursday morning. The case was registered against five people in all under the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, and a four-member committee comprising doctors has been constituted to check whether the meat is indeed beef, or if it is buffalo meat.
Dr Vikas Jain, a member of the committee, said, “The samples have been sent to Jalandhar and the report would be submitted in 10 to 15 days.” But, he added, “It is very difficult to identify whether it is cow or buffalo meat, because in the meat there were no skin or viscera elements.”
The tempo was, on the surface, carrying vegetables when it tripped due to high speed and pieces of the meat fell on ground. It appeared to be from two large animals. Police arrested from the spot two men, identified as Anwar Saggu, 35, and Saif Ali alias Sipu , 34, residents of Hathoa village of the district.
“A doctors’ team is examining the matter. The case has been registered and investigation is on. The remaining accused will be arrested soon” said Gurpreet Singh, superintendent of police (SP), Malerkotla. He speculated that the meat was being carried “towards Delhi”. He claimed that “weapons” from the accused. Meanwhile, the meat, after taking samples for testing, was “cremated according to religious rituals”.