Tension grips Jamshedpur after calves are found cramped in car boot
The crowd swelled as news spread that a suspected illegal cow trade had been detected and the calves were being taken for slaughterranchi Updated: Sep 11, 2017 22:09 IST
Tension gripped Jharkhand’s steel city, Jamshedpur, on Monday afternoon after the discovery of three calves in the boot of a car that the occupants abandoned on seeing police conducting a traffic checking drive.
Locals and passersby spotted the car shaking intermittently near RD Tata Roundabout under Golmuri police station limits around 3.30pm and heard noises from the boot. Suspicious, they prised open the boot to find the calves cramped inside.
Tempers rose and the crowd swelled as news spread that a suspected illegal cow trade had been detected and the calves were being taken for slaughter. Talk of setting fire to the car began doing the rounds and people started throwing stones at it, but police rushed in and took the vehicle into custody.
Like in most parts of India, slaughter of cows, considered holy by many Hindus, is banned in Jharkhand.
The calves, one of whom appeared severely distressed, were sent to a cow shelter in the city for treatment.
“The vehicle bears a West Bengal registration number. We have started the process of identifying the vehicle owner,” said inspector Ramji Mahato of Golmuri police station. “The people involved will be brought to book,” he added.
Police said the vehicle was coming from Hata in neighbouring Seraikela-Kharsawan district. In May, four Muslim cattle traders were lynched near Hata.
Initially, the lynching was suspected to be the fallout of rumours that the four were child lifters. A government probe later found that the four were cattle traders who dabbled in illegal sale of cows for slaughter.
Inspector Mahato said, “The seizure of the car and recovery of calves point at illegal cattle racket. We will unearth the racket.”