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Ten tonnes of suspected beef seized, crew held

Container, which was seized by Tadepalli police, for smuggling beef at Kanaka Durgamma Varadhi in Guntur district on Monday.

Container, which was seized by Tadepalli police, for smuggling beef at Kanaka Durgamma Varadhi in Guntur district on Monday.   | Photo Credit: HAND_OUT

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‘Meat was being smuggled from Vizag to Chennai’

The Tadepalli police on Monday busted a beef smuggling racket and seized about 10 tonnes of suspected beef. The meat was being smuggled in a container, from Visakhapatnam to Chennai, and the vehicle driver and cleaner were taken into custody.

Police alerted the Veterinary Department officials to ascertain whether the seized meat was beef or the meat of any wild animal. Samples have been sent to the lab, said Guntur Urban Superintendent of Police P.H.D. Ramakrishna.

On a tip-off, that beef is being transported from Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) to Tamil Nadu, the Tadepalli police intercepted the container at Kanaka Durgamma Varadhi and seized the beef stocks.

‘Fake documents’

“The vehicle driver was carrying fake documents, in which it was mentioned that frozen fish was being transported. During questioning, it was revealed that the main accused in the racket is a native of Vizianagaram district. We are probing deep into the smuggling racket,” the SP told The Hindu.

In the documents, the accused mentioned that the frozen beef stocks were being transported from Odisha to Cochin, which was not correct, and police are investigating on why they mentioned false particulars on the bills. The beef was being transported to Chennai, the SP said.

During investigation, the accused confessed that the meat smuggling gang has been operating for the last few years. The driver and cleaner were natives of Gudivada in Krishna district, the investigation officers said.

The Pithapuram police of East Godavari district arrested the smugglers earlier. However, the racket was continuing, the police said.

A case has been registered under Cow Slaughter Act, 2017, for smuggling banned beef, carrying fake documents and other charges, Mr. Ramakrishna said.

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