The district police, on Tuesday, arrested nine people and rescued 68 buffaloes and calves that were allegedly being taken illegally in two trucks near Ajitwal village, 14 km from the district headquarters, for slaughter. Some leaders of various Hindu organisations reached the spot and smashed the trucks.
The police said that the buffaloes and calves were being transported for slaughter to Uttar Pradesh (UP) via Moga from Ferozepur. Sources said that some anti-social elements of the Malwa region have been involved in the racket running for the past many years.
Bhupinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of the Ajitwal police station, said that the police had gor a tip-off that some miscreants were transporting several buffaloes and calves to UP from Ferozepur.
"After that a special team of the police was constituted immediately to nab the criminals. We barricaded the Moga-Ferozepur national highway and nabbed the culprits near Ajitwal and rescued the 68 buffaloes and calves from two trucks," said the SHO.
He said the nine arrested have been identified as Lukesh Kumar, Geejo, Burhan, Asish, Sandeep Kumar, Bullha, Sonu, Mushin Mohammad and Kallu. They were booked by the police on the basis of the statement of Varinder Singh Gharu, district president of the Shiv Sena Yuva Morcha, Moga. "However, further investigation is underway at the moment," said the SHO.