In a bid to check interstate smuggling of cows, the Haryana police have asked the local policemen to join the special crack teams.
Additional director general of police (operations) V Kamaraja held a meeting with the police officials from various districts here on Saturday and resolved to control illegal smuggling of cows, ox and buffalos to the adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh for illegal slaughtering.
Known as a tough task master, Kamaraja said that he would provide bullet proof vehicles to the patrolling teams.
“It is indeed a challenging task where cow smugglers have a nexus with the officials of the police and excise department and the private unscrupulous elements. I have asked the policemen to enroll after sincere afterthoughts for the special driver where the fully-equipped police crack teams would take on the cow smugglers,” Kamaraja told reporters after the meeting.
He said that Karnal was the most sensitive place. Cows from Punjab, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh were pushed into the districts of Meerut and Saharanpur in UP for illegal slaughtering.
Sharing details of the operation, the ADGP said that 24 committed policemen from each of 21 districts would be picked and deputed on duty in groups.
“We have distributed the state into four clusters and these four groups would be given a task to curb cow smuggling in their respective zones. We will also rope in the volunteers from various cow protection social organisatons and appeal private individuals to inform senior police officials if they know presence of any individual with the cattle smugglers,” the official said and added that soon an integrated phone line would be started.
Kamaraja admitted that police officials were not sensitised about the legal provisions on the smuggling.
“I have directed the district police authorities to invoke a stringent law, The Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, against those involved in cattle smuggling,” he said.
The ADGP (operations) said that he would soon write to all deputy commissioners to help in constructing cowsheds with the help of local panchayats.
Kamaraja said that the police would help in vacating earmarked pastures in the villages which had been encroached upon by the unsocial elements.
“We have a plan to keep the stray cattle at cowsheds at various places in each district. The state government is committed to end the nuisance of stray cattle and ensure that no cattle were smuggled to slaughterhouses,” he said.
COW PROTECTION POLICE CLUSTERS:
1. Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal, Rewari, Mahindergarh and Mewat.
2. Jhajjar, Rohtak, Sonepat, Panipat and Jind.
3. Sirsa, Hisar, Fatehabad and Bhiwani.
4. Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Ambala, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Karnal.
ROAD ROUTE MOST VULNERABLE
TO COW SMUGGLING:
1. Punjab-Pundri-Kaithal-Nisisng-Karnal (Haryana) to Meerut (UP)
2. Punjab-Narwana-Dhand-Karnal to Meerut (UP)
3. Punjab-Gulha-Cheeka-Pehowa-Pundri-Karnal to Meerut (UP)
4. Punjab-Ambala-Kurukshetra-Karnal to Meerut
5. Punjab-Dabwali-Sirsa-Fatehabad-Barwala-Jind-Karnal to Meerut
6. Punjab-Barwala-Naraingarh-Sadhaura-Yamunanagar to Saharanpur (UP).