The Sangrur police claimed to have busted a gang that used to slaughter cows for food and commercial purposes at Katron village in Sangrur district, on Thursday night.
The police, following a tip-off from state cow protection society chief Satish Kumar, raided the house of Satar Ali, a resident of Sherpur, and arrested six people, including a woman. The police are yet to confirm the exact figures of the carcasses recovered.
SSP Pritpal Singh Thind, at a press conference on Friday, said they were informed by Kumar about a month ago. “However, we had to raid with full preparation. On Thursday night I, along with Dhuri DSP Nahar Singh and SHOs Pushpinder Singh and Satpal Singh raided the place and nabbed the accused,” Thind said, adding that there were over 25 people involved. “However, a few of them were not present there, while a few others managed to escape,” he said.
Those arrested are Satar Ali, wife Maante Bhappi and Rinku Singh, residents of Sherpur; Dilshad Mohammad, a resident of Ramnagar Channa; and Khushi Mohammad and Mohammad Haleem, residents of Malerkotla.
Thind said the cow-slaughter used to take place in the house owned by Satar Ali at Katron village. He said, “These people used to slaughter cows and store the beef underground. The beef was sent in a truck to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The police have recovered the truck from the site,” Thind said, adding that they used to get around Rs 8 lakh for slaughtering a truckload of cows.
The police said they had recovered the beef stored in the refrigerator at Satar’s house and the veterinary doctor, who was part of the raiding team, said the beef recovered was of three cows. The police said they had been digging at the house and the recovery of beef was on.
The police have registered a case under Sections 295-A (outrage religious feelings of a class), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 429 (mischief by killing cattle) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against the accused. Thind said police teams had been sent to nab the other accused.