Nagpur: In a dramatic incident, Mauda police of Nagpur Rural on Monday seized a Bolero Pick-up van for illegal transportation of cattle and arrested its driver. Nine cattle heads were injured as the van turned turtle while being chased by the cops.
A patrolling squad of Mauda police received secret information that a person had herded nine cattle into his Bolero Pick-up van (MH-36/AF 3404) cruelly and transporting them illegally. Acting on the inputs, cops tried to stop the vehicle at Mauza Selu, 20 kms from Mauda. However, the driver, after noticing cops, tried to flee the spot. The cops chased the vehicle. In the process, the driver lost control over his vehicle and as a result the vehicle turned turtle and thus crushed the cattle under it. Anyhow, cops managed to arrest the driver and rescued the nine injured cattle worth Rs 90,000. The Bolero Pick-up van worth Rs 2 lakh was also impounded by the police.
The driver, identified as Sopan Bhaurao Thaokar (30), resident of Kumbharpura, Lakhni, District Bhandara, was booked under Sections 11(1)(d), 5(1)(2) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act read with Sub-Sections 83/177, 184 of Motor Vehicles Act and placed under arrest.
On Sunday too, Saoner and Ramtek Police had seized two trucks for illegal transportation of cattle and arrested six persons in this connectionon. The Saoner police have seized the truck (MH-40/AK-9686) on Saoner-Khapa road when the truck was heading towards Khapa at 12.30 am. During checking, it was noticed by the police that the transporters never provided feed or water besides hurting the animals by loading more onto each truck. Six persons — Abdul RajikGaffar Quareshi (38), Sheikh Salim Sheikh Wajir (28), Gulam Mohd Sheikh Anwar(47), Devendra Jawaharlal Sharma (40), Nawab Quareshi, all are residents of Mominpura, Nagpur, were arrested. They are booked under various sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Ramtek cops had also seized a Tata Ace truck near Ramtek town for illegal cattle transportation and arrested one person –identified as Bablu Pillay (20), aresident of Kamptee. He has been booked under various Sections of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.