PUNE: Two men were arrested on Friday for stealing farmers’ livestock from various parts of the city and the district.
The police probe revealed that the duo stole as many as 22 animals in the past few months and sold them for Rs4.11 lakh in Solapur district and Karnataka.
The duo — Appa Mugli (25) and Bapu Kharat — reside in Bavdhan and Gokulnagar, respectively. Mugli is originally from Solapur district and Kharat is from Ahmednagar.
The crime branch recently received complaints of livestock thefts from Garade, Kodit and Vanpuri villages near Saswad. “We got a tip-off about Mugli and Kharat,” crime branch inspector Padmakar Ghanwat said after arresting them.
The officer said the duo admitted to having stolen the animals from some villages near Saswad and also from Kothrud, Warje, Bavdhan, Hinjewadi, Bhugaon, Sus, and hamlets in Mulshi taluka. “Mugli would do a recce during the day on his motorcycle. After identifying the cattle sheds, he, with his tempo driver accomplice Kharat, would go to the spots in the early hours to steal the animals. They would transport the animals in the tempo,” Ghanwat said.
The suspects sold the animals in markets in Solapur district and Jalki in Karnataka. “We solved 13 cases following their arrest,” Ghanwat said.
Date: 02 March 2019