Mancherial: The Jaipur police on Friday busted a gang of nine members that was allegedly skinning bullocks and cows to dupe the gullible public under the guise of selling the beef as venison (deer’s meat) in Jaipur mandal centre. Two auto-rickshaws, an axe, six knives, six mobile phones, two torchlights and Rs 6,500 cash were recovered from their possession.
Giving details of the arrests, Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana said that the accused were identified as daily wagers Kummari Kalyan from Duginepalli village in Bellampalli mandal, Gaddala Rajasekhar of Mittapalli village in Jaipur mandal, Mohammad Sakeer belonging to Naspur mandal headquarters, Eligeti Srinivas from Gadderagadi in Mandamarri mandal and Duguta Swamy of Gurijala village in Bellampalli mandal, along with a mason Jadi Sagar of Batwanpalli in Bellampalli mandal, an autorickshaw driver Jeelumodi Karthik from Godavarikhani and Meradikonda Ajay, DJ music system operator of Coal Chemical Complex (CCC) in Naspur.
Eligeti Srinivas was already arrested for his alleged role in a murder reported in Srirampur.
Following a tip-off the eight were detained by the police when they tried to flee from a secluded spot at an open cast mining project near Indaram village in Jaipur mandal.
On being interrogated, Rajasekhar admitted that he was committing the offence to cash in on the demand among the public for meat of the wild animals by forming a gang with the seven others for last six months. He admitted that they had lifted cattle grazing in fields of Indaram, Jaipur and Ramaraopet village.
The accused revealed that they skinned the animals at night and were delivering the beef at the doorstep of some persons under the guise of meat of spotted deer and wild boars by packing it in plastic carry bags for Rs 800 per kg. They disclosed that they were sometimes buying beef in local outlets and were selling it to potential buyers. They said that they were using the auto-rickshaw for travel to secluded places to skin the cattle and then transport the beef to the customers.
As many as 18 cases were registered against Kalyan, while Sagar was booked under 14 cases on the charges of lifting and skinning farm animals and selling beef as venison in the past.
The Ramagundam police commissioner commended Jaipur Sub-Inspector Ramakrishna and his team members for showing spontaneity in cracking the mystery behind lifting of bullocks and cows from the surrounding areas. He complimented head constables Izaz, constable Rajasekhar, Subbarao and Srinivas. He handed over cash rewards to the policemen. Mancherial DCP Uday Kumar Reddy and Jaipur ACP Narender were present.
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