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Inter-state cattle smuggling nexus under police scanner

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GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - Even after three days have passed since the Changsari police seized 85 cows that were allegedly being smuggled from West Bengal, it is the men-in-khakis who have virtually been left with the job to look after the cattle with no one coming to take custody of the latter despite repeated requests.

Despite the police writing to several organisations including the Veterinary Department, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the Goshala authorities asking them to make necessary arrangements for the cattle, not a single organisation has come forward till the time of filing this report.

�Initially, the cows were kept at the Changsari police station, but later they were shifted to a place under the Gauripur police outpost,� a senior Assam Police official said requesting anonymity. Sources informed that the police have so far arrested three persons in connection with the case.

�The owner of the consignment of cows hails from West Bengal but there are some links in Assam as well, which we are trying to unearth. But the police are burdened with the task of looking after the cattle. How could we proceed with the investigation?� rued the police official.

Sources also claimed that one of the kingpins of the cattle smuggling racket is from the Islampur area of Guwahati and his movement is being monitored by the police.

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Inter-state cattle smuggling nexus under police scanner

GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - Even after three days have passed since the Changsari police seized 85 cows that were allegedly being smuggled from West Bengal, it is the men-in-khakis who have virtually been left with the job to look after the cattle with no one coming to take custody of the latter despite repeated requests.

Despite the police writing to several organisations including the Veterinary Department, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the Goshala authorities asking them to make necessary arrangements for the cattle, not a single organisation has come forward till the time of filing this report.

�Initially, the cows were kept at the Changsari police station, but later they were shifted to a place under the Gauripur police outpost,� a senior Assam Police official said requesting anonymity. Sources informed that the police have so far arrested three persons in connection with the case.

�The owner of the consignment of cows hails from West Bengal but there are some links in Assam as well, which we are trying to unearth. But the police are burdened with the task of looking after the cattle. How could we proceed with the investigation?� rued the police official.

Sources also claimed that one of the kingpins of the cattle smuggling racket is from the Islampur area of Guwahati and his movement is being monitored by the police.

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