Three held, 6.5 tonnes of beef seized from Dhar­avi godown

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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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