Shivamogga police raid slaughterhouses, seize 19 head of cattle

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra (wearing white clothes, white mask) visits the hospital in Tirthahalli where the injured persons were admitted, on November 30, 2021.  

The police conducted a series of raids on slaughterhouses in Shivamogga on Tuesday and Wednesday, following an alleged cattle theft in Tirthahalli.

The police took six people into custody and seized 19 head of cattle meant to be slaughtered and also around 20 kg of meat. Four cases were booked under the provisions of the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020

Two brothers from Kittanagadde in Tirthahalli, both Bajrang Dal workers, were injured while they chased a goods carrier transporting cattle from Malige on a motorbike on Tuesday. The accused fled the place after hitting the brothers. Kiran, 23, and Charan, 24, were taken to Manipal for treatment.

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, who represents Tirthahalli constituency, instructed the police to arrest the accused and take stern action against them. By Tuesday evening, Malur police in Tirthahalli taluk arrested Naveed, 29, of Tipu Nagar in Shivamogga, and Sridhar Gowda, 49, of Heggaru village in Tirthahalli on the charge of cattle theft. It is said that one of the accused was initially caught by local people, who assaulted him before handing him over to the police.

Shivamogga Superintedent of Police B.M. Laxmi Prasad told The Hindu that Sridhar Gowda used to arrange cattle and the same were transported to slaughterhouses in Shivamogga by Naveed. “The accused are telling us that they purchased the cattle they were carrying. However, the allegation is that they had stolen them. We are investigating the matter,” the officer said.

“Slaughterhouses had been closed for a long time. However, they have started again. We conducted raids and registered cases. We will continue raids if necessary,” the SP said. Veterinarians were called to ascertain the meat seized, he said. “In three cases they certified that the seized content is cattle meat,” he said.

Tirthahalli taluk units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal staged a protest in the town condemning Tuesday’s incident. The protesters took out a procession from the BJP office to the tahsildar’s office and stopped vehicles on Shivamogga–Tirthahalli Road. They submitted a memorandum urging the government to stop the slaughter of cattle and take action against those involved in such cases

Meanwhile, Mr. Jnanendra visited Manipal and enquired about the health of youths undergoing treatment. They are said to be out of danger and recovering. The Minister said the police had been directed to stop illegal transportation of cattle to slaughterhouses.

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