Moga: Tension mounted in Bilaspur village of Nihal Singh Wala assembly segment in Moga district after the recovery of 18 carcasses of cows on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. However, it was the timely intervention of the district administration that in cooperation with different social organisations managed to handle the situation before it took a violent turn.
People in the area opted to keep all business establishments closed in grief and anguish and sensing the situation, a heavy police posse was deployed in and around the village.
During the raid, police arrested eight people for allegedly slaughtering stray cows and booked them under Section 4 of the Punjab Prohibition of the Cow Slaughter Act, Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Nihal Singh Wala police station.
The carcasses, with the help of villagers, were buried at the ‘hadda rodi’ ground after post-mortem.
It is learnt that among the eight arrested four were butchers and four suppliers. The police operation lasted for at least 10 hours during which more than 35 alive cows and bulls were also recovered from the spot to whom the administration sent to Gaushala.
Senior police officials informed that acting upon the tip off from district president of Gau Rakhya Dal Sandeep Kumar, they conducted a raid at the ground at around 11 pm on Monday and found the butchers slaughtering the cows.
Those arrested from the spot were identified as Abdulah of Gango, Paramjit Singh of Thraj village, Lakhvir Singh of Kalyan Sukha village, Salim Khan, Juber Dausre, Mohammad Usman of Qutub Sher, Mangal Singh of Kotla Mehar Singh Wala village and Banta of Donk village.
Among the eight others booked in the FIR, three were identified as Nayam, Nawab and Mohsin. The police teams were active to nab all of them, claimed the senior cop.
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