Vijayawada: Police on Monday seized a container transporting eight tonnes of meat, suspected to be beef, from Vizianagaram to Chennai, near the Tadepalli control room in Guntur district and took two persons into custody.
The police stopped the container after being tipped off by a volunteer of the Animal Welfare Organisation Board M. Manikanta.
The police quoted a veterinarian saying that the meat in the container could be beef. However, the police will send it to a lab for confirmation on Tuesday.
According to police, the meat was being transported with a fake waybill that said that the container was carrying eight metric tonnes of ‘Ice with Fish’. The waybill was made in the name of one Kiran as the dealer and the owner of the vehicle was named as A. Gafoor of Gudivada.
Mr Manikanta informed the police that he got information from Animal Welfare Organisation Board official S. Gopala Rao that beef was being exporting illegally through a container (AP37 TD 0122) via Eluru to Vijayawada.
He said that he informed the Vijaya-wada police after getting information, but by then, the container had left the city limits. Mr Manikanta informed the Tadepalli Control Room and the police stopped the container. In his complaint, he urged the police to take action under the Prevention of Cow and Animal Slaughter Act, 1977....