Three held, 6.5 tonnes of beef seized from Dharavi godown
Three people were arrested early on Friday, after crime branch officials raided a godown at Dharavi acting on a tip-off about beef being stored there.
Unit 3 of the Mumbai crime branch seized 6.5 tonnes of beef worth Rs14 lakh from the godown at Ibrahim chawl. A first information report was registered at the Shahunagar police station. Officials said the meat was packed and ready for export to Vietnam.
“We arrested Shamshad Aazad Kureshi, 28, who owns the godown, Ashrafali Bakareiddin Miya, 60, and Mohmad Sirtaj Kallu Kureshi,27,” said police inspector Sunil Mane, who received the tip-off.
Sources said the owner has allegedly been exporting beef for the past 10 years.
It is illegal in Maharashtra to slaughter cows, bulls and bullocks, or consume and possess the meat, after the state government imposed a ban last year, following the President’s assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) act.
While the original Act of 1976 banned the slaughter of cows, the amendment now prohibits the slaughter of bulls and bullocks as well.
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