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Camels being carried into lorries with the help of a crane at Manoor in Medak district. The rescued camels are being transported to Rajasthan under police surveillance-PHOTO: Mohd. Arif

Camels being carried into lorries with the help of a crane at Manoor in Medak district. The rescued camels are being transported to Rajasthan under police surveillance-PHOTO: Mohd. Arif  

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For the first time, so many camels were shifted to Rajasthan with police protection to save their lives, said Y. Srinivasa Rao, PFA activist.

On a complicated and risky operation, as many as 63 camels, being transported to slaughter houses at Hyderabad and Kadapa, were rescued from Manoor in Medak district and shifted to Rajasthan.

They would be landing at the destined on Wednesday. This was made possible with the active intervention by Superintendent of Police B. Sumathi, who provided security to shift the animals to Rajasthan. This all began on August 15.

Some of the locals observed that large number of camels being transported on foot towards Hyderabad. They have alerted the People for Animals (PFA).

Surendra Bhandari of Hyderabad lodged a complaint with the police stating that the camels were being smuggled for the purpose of slaughter which was against Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act.

Based on the complaint of Surendra Bhandrai, the police registered a case against five persons - three of them from Rajasthan, one from Madhya Pradesh and one locals - and arrested them. Later, they were released on bail. It was suspected that already more than 100 camels were already transported in this route by that time in the present season.

Y. Edukondalu, Sub-Inspector, Manoor, said that the animals were kept at the open place in the Manoor for the last 15 days and activists of PFA took care of them.

According to Y. Srinivasa Rao, an activist of PFA and a freelance journalist in India for the first time so many camels were shifted from one place to another place with police protection to save their lives.

“It could not have been possible had Ms. Sumathi not extended support. The animals were handed over to Dattatreya Joshi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PFA. Even the Animal Husbandry Department has also issued a certificate stating that this is not suitable area for cattle and hence can be shifted to Sirohi near Mount Abu in Rajasthan to the shelter of PFA,” said Mr. Srinivasa Rao.

Unable to make the camels to climb in the lorry, the activists were forced to hire a crane to shift all the animals in 16 lorries and it took almost two days to complete the operation.

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