Raids on illegal abattoirs save truck driver in Bihar

The attack, though minor, is the latest in a series of attacks, mostly by cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks, on people transporting cows, even legally.

patna Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:52 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
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The Muzaffarpur police have launched a crackdown on the illegal meat business.(Jaipur-Vishal Bhatnagar)

Ongoing raids by the police against illegal slaughter houses or abattoirs in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district proved fortuitous for a truck driver who was rescued by a police team while he was being thrashed by a mob on the suspicion that he was transporting beef.

Ishteyaq Ahmad, a resident of Uttar Pradesh was seated in the truck parked near an illegal slaughter house in Muzaffarpur when the mob attacked him. Luckily for him, the police team that was conducting raids in the area rescued him. Police said the miscreants fled .

“We took Ahmad to the hospital from where he was released after first aid. He is fit and fine,” said Muzaffarpur DSP, Ashish Anand.

The attack, though minor, is the latest in a series of attacks, mostly by cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks, on people transporting cows, even legally. Cows are considered holy by the Hindus and several Indian states do not allow the slaughter of cows.

However, another side of the story has emerged in recent months — of thriving business done by illegal slaughterhouses without requisite licences.

The Muzaffarpur police have launched a crackdown on the illegal meat business in Muzaffarpur. They say that over the past three days, raids have uncovered at least three illegal slaughter houses running from the premises of as many closed units in the Bela Industrial Area, around 70km north of Patna.

On Monday, the police raided the premises of Alfa Leather Industries Pvt Ltd after being tipped off by a New Delhi-based animal protection organization, and seized 500 tonnes of meat that was being packed for supply to different parts of the country. While six employees of the illegal abattoir were arrested, slaughter house owner Parvej Akhtar, a veterinarian, managed to escape.

Senior superintendent of police Vivek Kumar said a police team led by the town DSP raided three closed units, adjacent to the Alfa Leathers Industries Pvt Ltd on Wednesday. “Our men seized meat in huge quantity, apart from incriminating documents and cheque books of three banks. Packaging cases carrying names of six different companies have also been recovered,” he said.

The SSP said it was still not clear if the seized meat is beef. Samples have been sent to a laboratory for examination, he added.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:52 IST