Meat, suspected to be beef, recovered from mangled vehicle, which was found abandoned at National Highway-1 at wee hours on Friday, has become a headache for the police as it omits foul smell.
As being a case property, the police cannot dispose it off without court’s permission.
Adding to its woes, the police on Friday tried getting permission from court for disposing off meat, but failed. The police will now plea before the court of chief judicial magistrate for the same on Monday till than the police officials have to bear the foul smell emanating from the ‘beef ’ kept at the Salem Tabri police station.
The officers have moved the vehicle in which the meat has been dumped to the rear of the police station, but did not get respite from the stink.
A police officer said that it is impossible to stand here and stink emanating from meat is unbearable, but they are helpless. They are working by covering their face with piece of a cloth.
Salem Tabri station house officer (SHO) inspector Jatinder Singh said they would move court on Monday and seek permission to dispose off meat.
Animal husbandry department of Punjab government has procured samples of meat to confirm whether it is a beef or meat of some other animal. The SHO said the report has been expected on Monday.
The SHO added that the police have been trying to identify the accused that fled from the spot after the mishap occurred on wee hours on Friday. According to the information, four people fled from the pick-up truck carrying meat hidden under vegetables.
The pick-up truck loaded with ‘beef ’ hid under the vegetables had overturned at National Highway-1 near Jalandhar bypass chowk after hitting an SUV Mahindra Scorpio. Vegetables and ‘beef ’ had scattered on the road after the incident.