Suspected cattle smugglers held in MB, 10 livestock rescued

Report by: 
KURMA RAO
Mayabunder
23 Jul 2017

In a major operation, Mayabunder Police has exposed a racket of suspected cattle smugglers, who use the sea route to transport cows and buffaloes to illegal slaughter houses in the city and other parts of South Andaman. According to sources, Pradhan of Pahalgaon Panchayat in North Andaman, Sibananda Bairagi, first received tip off from villagers on Saturday about cattle being transported illegally to Port Blair by boats through the creeks in the North Andaman region.
Sibananda Bairagi immediately communicated the information to the Deputy Commissioner of the North and Middle Andaman District over phone, who then directed the Police to the location. Members from Pahalgaon Panchayat also reached the spot. The Police raided two different spots and rescued five numbers of cows and buffaloes from Bajota and another five from Tugapur jetty. Persons suspected to be cattle smugglers failed to produce valid documents, but claimed before the Police that the animals were meant for rearing. All the rescued animals are presently under police captivity. Further investigation is under progress.
Meanwhile, the Pradhan of Pahalgaon Panchayat has requested the Police to hand over the rescued animals to the Panchayat. “This is probably the first of its kind of seizure in this region. But it appears that such illegal smuggling of cattle has been going on in the past without being detected by the law enforcing agencies. The authorities should order a thorough probe into the matter. The Panchayat is ready to take all possible care of the animals if handed over by the Police,” he told this Correspondent.