The distorted narrative set by Lutyens’ English-language media would make one think that cow protection volunteers (gau rakshaks) are a menace to society who terrorize ‘innocent cattle traders’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The cattle smuggling mafia is so deep-rooted in several pockets of the country that it is possibly one of the the biggest challenges facing law enforcement today. In this series of articles, we will reproduce some old, under-reported cases that exhibit the true gravity of this illegal cattle trade. The below report was filed on April 26, 2018.
A gang of notorious cattle thieves was busted by Ghaziabad Police while they were on their way towards Ghaziabad from Meerut. The gang had the habit of lifting cattle only on Saturdays and Sundays so that they could sell the stolen cattle at the cattle market in Madiyai Village near Sardhana in Meerut area on Mondays. The accused have been committing this crime in Delhi-NCR areas, reports delhiNCRnews.in.
Sharing the details SP City, Akash Tomar said that the Sihani Gate Police Station Incharge received a tip-off that a gang of cattle thieves would be coming from Meerut side; upon which he laid a trap near Morti T-point near Raj Nagar Extension at around 6.30 am. Nine accused travelling in Eicher cantor were apprehended by him.
The accused had, on the night of February 25/26, struck at the dairy of the victim Shivdutt Sharma at Village Ator Nangla in Muradnagar. From here they stole 7 buffaloes, 2 cows, 5 buffalo calves and some other items like 2 gold rings, bangles, Rs 8,000 and a pair of inverter and battery belonging to the victim. They had held his wife and 2 servants hostage by tying their hands and feet till they decamped with the stolen cattle in the cantor.
The modus operandi of the gang was to travel in a cantor and in the day-time to identify areas from where they can lift cattle. Normally they chose their target as a place where the cantor would reach easily. Once they chose their target—that would be a village sub-urban area having dairy farms, they would usually strike in the evenings or night taking hostage the staff manning the cattle farm. They did not even hesitate to use force to carry out their nefarious activity.
The accused Irshad and Islammudin are wanted for cattle theft from Muradabad area since the year 2016. Islammusin has earlier spent 6 years behind bars for cattle theft from Hissar in Haryana. One accused Shahbuddin has been to jail in the same offence from Modinagar area and 3 buffaloes stolen from Delhi were recovered from him.
The accused are illiterate. So far they have admitted to stealing about 5,000 cows and buffaloes for selling them at cattle market of Madiyai in Meerut area.
Names of the accused
The 9 accused are Irshad, Islammudin, Yusuf, Asif, Shahbuddin, Asgar, Shanhwaz alias Kallu, Liyakat and Wasim. Most of them belong to Sardhana in Meerut where the village Madiyai is situated. .
One cantor, two country-made pistols with 4 live rounds, 4 knives & 3 daggers, Rs 10,000, 2 rings, one pair of ‘Pajeb’, one inverter and 9 pieces of rope used for tying cattle.
So far they have been found to be involved in as much as 26 cases in various police station areas of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Haryana. More information is being sought by the police on offences committed by them.
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