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Police nabs cattle smugglers in Bhiwandi

The police had got information that two butchers had stolen two cows and three bulls and were going to Bhiwandi to slaughter them.

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2017 00:51 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
Mumbai news,Mumbai crime,cattle smugglers
Four cattle smugglers were arrested in Bhiwandi.(HT File)

Acting on a tip-off, the Nashik police on Monday chased an SUV carrying five people and five cattle.

They had got information that two butchers — Kalim Salim Quereshi, 27, and his brother Wasim Salim Quereshi, 30 — had stolen two cows and three bulls and were going to Bhiwandi to slaughter them.

Tanaji Waikande, 29, police vehicle driver and constable, said, “On Monday, while patrolling, we spotted a Tavera. On heading in their direction, they zoomed away and we started chasing them. The accused drove into a dead end and we followed. By then, they had reversed their vehicle and hit our vehicle badly. Both the vehicles upturned.”

Three officers were injured. The police caught Ismail Abbas Gadiwala, 28, Ilias Kamil Quereshi, 30, and Fayaz Murtaza Done, 27, — but the two butchers fled. The cattle were rescued. An attempt to murder case was lodged against them.

On Wednesday, the arrested accused told the Nashik police that the butchers were hiding in Bhiwandi. On Thursday, the Nizampura police in Bhiwandi, along with the Nashik police went to the brothers’ house in Kasaiwada. When the police called out their names, Kalim came out and was caught. Wasim was not at home. “As soon as Kalim was arrested, the police were surrounded by five women, his relatives. They threatened to set their house on fire and commit suicide if Kalim was arrested,” said Dipak Sarode, assistant police inspector, Nizampura police station.

“We called for more force and after they arrived, Kalim was arrested. We lodged a case against six people, including Kalim, under relevant sections of the IPC,” said Sarode.

The brothers are history-sheeters. A police source from Nashik said, “The accused have gone to Nashik five times in the past few months but every time they managed to escape after stealing cows and bulls.”

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 00:51 IST