Bengaluru: The officials from the Animal Welfare Board along with RMC Yard police arrested five people for illegally transporting beef late Saturday.The arrested have been identified as Amjad, Arif, Mujeeb, Jabbar and Aziz. They were charged with violation of Karnataka Prevention of Cow slaughter and Cattle Prevention Act and also under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
New modus operandi
In order to hoodwink the police, the accused had used a new modus operandi, where they don’t take cattle to slaughter houses, but take meat instead.A senior police official said that on Friday morning a team of AWB officials, led by Joshine Antony, with the help of RMC Yard police caught a goods vehicle carrying 3,000 kg of beef to Shivaji Nagar market from Koppal.
The police also seized the vehicle and with the permission from the authority concerned burnt the meat on the city outskirts.Given the perishable nature of the seized goods, a veterinarian had opined that the meat was waste after six hours and should be burnt, a senior police officer said.
"This is a new trend in an attempt to hoodwink officials as transporting meat is easier than transporting cattle,” the senior police officer added. AWB officials concurred and added that meat is often transported illegally from Ramnagara, Channarayapattana and Ballari.
In July last week, the AWB officials and the Sadashiv Nagar police seized 1,500 kg of beef, which was heading from Ballari to Shivaji Nagar. The meat was burnt at Sumanahalli burial ground after getting required clearance....