GREATER NOIDA: Four people were arrested on Friday afternoon while they were transporting 37 buffaloes and four calves from Jewar to Aligarh. Police also intercepted six vehicles, including a truck, near Neemka police post in Jewar, in which the animals were being transported.
Police said at 1.25pm on Friday, some Bajrang Dal workers called them up and informed about the six vehicles which they had stopped midway. A police team soon reached the spot and found the animals were stuffed in the vehicles and some of them had a number plate hanging around their neck, which indicated that they were being transported for illegal slaughter. Police then arrested four men from the spot. However, three others fled.
The arrested persons have been identified as Abdul Waheed (60), Anwaar (24) and Saleem (50), all residents of Khurja in Aligarh while the fourth man, Dharmendra, is from Jewar.
Police said they were allegedly transporting the animals to a slaughterhouse in Aligarh after buying them from Jewar. “We received information from the five-six men who were self-claimed activists from Bajrang Dal. They had intercepted the six vehicles carrying the buffaloes. Four men were arrested after a police team reached the spot and found that the animals were barely surviving in the space provided to them in the vehicles,” said SHO of Jewar police station S S Bhati.
During questioning, the men revealed that they had bought the buffaloes and calves from a local market in Jewar.
“The accused have been booked under Section 3/11 of the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act 1960 and Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC. They were produced in court that sent them to jail,” the SHO added.