A police team that had gone to raid an illegal slaughterhouse was attacked in Meerut district, UP on Monday. The accused attempted to murder a woman constable Beeta by putting a rope around her neck and dragging her. They also pelted stones on the police.
The incident occurred in Sathla village of Mawana. Other members of the police party managed to rescue the woman constable and the situation was controlled after police from several stations rushed to the spot.
A case has been lodged against total 10 accused from Sathla village – Uvaish, Mehraz, Aafreen, Wasim Qureshi, Firoz Qureshi, Amjad Qureshi, Furqan Qureshi, Ikram Qureshi, Zaid Qureshi, Afaq Qureshi- has been lodged for rioting, attempt to murder, cow slaughter, conspiracy and other sections of the law.
Three of these accused, including two women, have been arrested.
Villagers are claiming that no one attacked the police and that their village only has a ‘meat packing’ centre. Police has recovered 300 kg meat, slaughter equipment such as knives etc., and three bikes.
Attacks on police by cow smugglers and illegal slaughterhouse operators are common across the nation, but more so in West UP and Mewat. This dangerous beef mafia also operates as part of an inter-state and international network (Bangladesh is one destination of smuggled cattle) and also has links to narcotics smugglers and terror groups.
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