Mumbai: 4, including BMC staff, held for trying to smuggle in beef
Four people, including a conservancy staffer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), have been arrested for trying to smuggle meat suspected to be beef into Mumbai.mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2015 18:13 IST
Four people, including a conservancy staffer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), have been arrested for trying to smuggle meat suspected to be beef into Mumbai.
The vehicle the four were travelling in was intercepted by animal activists and the Vikhroli police on the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) early on Sunday.
“We have sent the meat samples for examination to ascertain if it is cow meat,” said Vinay Rathod, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 7.
According to the police, Bhavin Gathani, from an organisation called Karuna Pariwar, was tipped off about a Qualis coming into the city, carrying beef. He was told the registration number of the vehicle.
When the car was intercepted, 500 to 600 kilograms of flesh, being brought in from Sangamner, was found hidden inside.
“The meat was on its way to a shop in Kurla. After the beef ban, shop keepers are resorting to cow slaughter at places such as Sangamner in Ahmednagar and bringing the meat into the city to cater to the demand,” said Gathani. He said the meat was identified as beef by the skin and the head.
The police have arrested Yunis Qureshi, 38, Akhtar Azgar, 24, Khan Jafar, 30 and Sajid Qureshi, 33, who is a BMC employee. Hussain Qureshi, the shop owner, is absconding.
“The accused brought beef to the city and if they were stopped at the check posts, the BMC staffer showed his identity card and evaded checking,” said Niranjan Yamjal, who was part of the team that stopped the vehicle.
Another jeep was also intercepted at the same time, carrying buffalo meat that was slaughtered in Thane. The three occupants in the vehicle were fined and the meat was seized, as selling of buffalo meat slaughtered in Thane is not allowed in Mumbai.