Pune: Pune police on Wednesday arrested two persons from Hadapsar and recovered 300 kilograms of meat from the car that they claim is beef.
The accused were carrying beef from Srigonda, a block in Ahmednagar district, to Pune via Hadapsar, when members of Gorakshak Samiti, a cow vigilante group, got information that beef was being carried. They informed Hadapsar police that an Innova car (MH12BA2196) was en route, carrying beef.
Umakant Pune, police sub inspector, Hadapsar, said, “We got a tip-off from Shivshankar Swami, a member of cow vigilante group, that an Innova car was carrying beef from Daund to sell in the Camp area in Pune. On receiving information, a team of policemen from Hadapsar police station, made a plan to catch the said car early in the morning on Wednesday. We did not have to struggle as the car was stopped near Akashwani Centre in Hadapsar. When we asked persons present in the car if they were carrying beef they did not deny it.”
According to the police, the cost of 300 kg of beef is Rs 20,000 as it is sold for Rs 60-70 per kg. He added, “The accused said that the meat they were carrying was beef. Later, we called a veterinary doctor to the spot and he said that the seized meat looked like beef. We have taken a sample of beef and will send it to the laboratory in Pune as per legal procedure.”
Police have arrested Abdul Gulam Mia Qureshi, 58, and Atul Nana Dutare, 27, both from Srigonda, under relevant sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act (Amendment) 1995.” Shivshankar Swami, who lodged the complaint, said, “We got information that the car was smuggling beef to sell in Camp area in Pune. Hence, we informed police.” Hadapsar Police in March seized 1,000 kg of beef worth Rs 65,000.