Cops Intercept Pickup Truck and Rescue 12 Cattle being Transported Cruelly
Mangaluru: Cattle theft and illegal transport detection squad constituted by Mangaluru City Police on 5 October 2020, made its first major publicized bust during the weekend. Based on a tip-off about cattle being illegally transported in a pick-up vehicle from Bantwal to the city, the squad with personnel of Kankanady Town police station intercepted the vehicle at Ujjodi near Kankanady Pumpwell) circle and thwarted an attempt at illegal transportation of cattle.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner Vikash Kumar Vikash, in a communiqué, had stated that the cattle traffickers abandoned the vehicle on spotting the police team and fled the scene. Police rescued six cows, a bull and five calves that were being transported in a cruel manner. A case has been registered in the jurisdictional Kankanady town police station and the hunt is on for the traffickers. They will be nabbed at the earliest, Vikash Kumar said.
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Police have handed over the rescued cattle to the gaushala at Pajeer on direction from the jurisdictional court. The squad consisting of personnel and officers from the city crime branch has been working since October 5 to stop instances of cattle theft, illegal cattle transportation and slaughter. City police have already set up 32 checkpoints at various entry points to the city to check for such incidents and tabs are being kept on known cattle traffickers. While intensifying night rounds, Vikash Kumar said special rounds have also been initiated in the wee hours, a time when cattle traffickers prefer to make their move of transporting cattle illegally into the city.
It should be noted that under the leadership of Police Commissioner Vikash Kumar the Cattle Theft and Illegal Transport Detection Squad was specially formed with officers and staff of the city crime dept on 5 October 2020. It is learnt that Check posts have been set up at 32 places to keep an eye on vehicles arriving and leaving the City. Sources reveal that after the inception of this special squad, seven illegal cattle transportation cases were detected under the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, and 28 cattle were rescued so far.