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Goats confiscated by police from illegal slaughterhouse ‘wait for bail’ in Jharkhand

A civil court is expected to hear a bail petition on May 25.

ranchi Updated: May 15, 2017 10:32 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Jharkhand’s  Nagri police confiscated 28 goats from a meat seller  during a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouse.  Police say the goats can be released only after a civil court grants them bail.
Jharkhand’s Nagri police confiscated 28 goats from a meat seller during a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouse. Police say the goats can be released only after a civil court grants them bail. (HT Photo )

Believe it or not, 28 goats are “waiting for bail” in Jharkhand’s Piska Nagri.

Nagri police had confiscated the mammals from meat seller Bablu Mansoor after the state launched a crackdown last month against illegal abattoirs.

The police said the goats can be released only after a civil court grants them bail.

The goats were initially kept in the police station for about a week during which one constable was deputed to take them out for grazing in the open field every day.

However, due to staff shortage, the police handed over the bovidae to a local businessman who deals in steel rods to take care of the goats.

“We took possession of the goats during a crackdown against illegal slaughterhouse and then handed over to a local person to take care of them,” said Nagri police station officer in-charge AK Singh, adding, the goats would remain with the person till the civil court grants them bail.

Bunti Gupta, the current custodian of the goats, however, is finding himself in a tight spot. “Initially I thought the goats would be with me for a few days. But as their stay is prolonging, it is affecting my daily life and business,” he said.

The meat seller from whom the goats were confiscated said the crackdown has affected his livelihood.

Mansoor is not alone. Nearly 3000 meat sellers in the state have been affected as most of them do not have valid license to run slaughterhouse.

The municipal bodies are issuing licenses to only registered shop owners.

The civil court is expected to hear the bail petition on May 25.