Traders cry foul as Deonar cops seize 350 kgs of meat suspected to be beef in Mumbai


Mumbai: The Deonar police have seized 350 kilograms of meat suspected to be ‘beef’ from a mutton shop on Wednesday morning, reports the Free Press Journal.

Acting on the tip off , a team of policemen intercepted an Ola car in which the meat was transported from Shrirampur at Ahmednagar to a shop at Deonar and Nagpada.

Another police team, kept a watch and carried a search at Mohammadiya shop at Dr Zakir Hussain nagar at Govandi where the meat was supplied.

According to sub-inspector Mayuresh Shinde, Deonar police, “The car was intercepted on Wednesday morning at 10 am. We are awaiting the reports from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered. The driver Shabbir Abdul Bashir Shaikh (42) has been arrested.”

The Hindu reports that the Tilak Nagar police on Thursday intercepted a car suspected to be carrying 350 kg of beef and seized the meat. The police said a Maruti Swift was heading for Dongri from Srirampur in Ahmednagar district when they intercepted it at 10 p.m. at Chheda Nagar junction.

An officer said, “We were informed by Vishwa Hindu Seva Sangh workers that the car was carrying a large amount of beef.”

Senior Police Inspector Sushil Kamble said, “We have sent the meat samples to the forensic sciences laboratory in Kalina. The reports are expected to be submitted within a week.”

However, traders have claimed that they had all the requisite documents for the transportation of the meet and the police intercepted them and impounded the consignment at the behest of the Vishwa Hindu Seva Sangh workers, who regularly create hindrances in the legal transportation of water buffalo meat, which is permitted in Maharashtra.

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