Police in Bulandshahr, UP had a narrow escape when a group of 6 cow smugglers opened fire at them in early morning hours on Tuesday. 3 accused – Fariyad, Jabbar, Kamruddin – have been arrested while 3 others managed to flee under cover of darkness.
As per Dainik Jagran, a police team led by ASI Anil Kumar was on patrol at night when they got information about a cow being slaughtered in a mango orchard. Police reached the spot where the accused opened firing with an intent to kill. Police had a narrow escape and managed to catch 3 of the men after cordoning off the area.
One cattle that was about to be slaughtered was saved, while police recovered a .315 bore pistol, some cartridges, two knives and other tools used in cow slaughter. Inspector Sachin Malik said that the accused are known members of the beef mafia and have many past cases lodged against them.
Cow slaughter and cattle smuggling in Uttar Pradesh is banned under The Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955. The Act has been amended several times since, and as per a recent ordinance putting the life of a cow in danger will attract rigorous imprisonment upto 10 years and a fine upto ₹5 lakh. Cattle smuggling, slaughter in UP can also invite action against the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and Gangster Act.
Cow slaughter had become a hot topic for the Indian mainstream media in 2015 after the killing of Mohammed Akhlaq for stealing and slaughtering a calf in Dadri, UP. That incident made world-wide news, coming as it did just one year after Narendra Modi was elected PM in the historic 2014 election. It was used to peddle a false narrative of Hindu ‘intolerance and brutality’ towards the Muslim minority; the subtext being that Modi’s rise to PM had emboldened ‘Hindutva fascists’.
However, as social media and alternative news outlets started reporting the truth about the dangerous cattle smuggling mafia, with links to organised crime and terror funding, which has terrorised villagers and clashed with police of almost every state (especially in the Mewat region)for decades, the mainstream media quickly lost interest.
Today, manufactured victimhood-peddling movements like ‘Not in my name’, ‘Gau rakshak terror’, ‘Lynchistan’ are a distant memory, but the cattle smuggling and beef mafia continues its criminal ways and continues to pose one of the biggest law & order challenge to the state.
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