Okara: Man held with 150kg dead animals’ meat
OKARA: B-Division police arrested a man with 150kg meat of dead animals during a raid here on Tuesday. The police, on a tip-off, raided a house at Sheikh Basti and arrested Tanveer, who was allegedly loading 150kg meat of dead animals on a vehicle to supply it to different cities. The police have registered a case and started investigations.
Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Qasaban city president Malik Safdar, in a press conference, alleged the police trespassed on the house and arrested Noor Nabi, Muhammad Anwar, Aqeel, Irshad Bibi and Rabia. He further alleged that the police also tortured them. He said he would get medico–legal certificates of the tortured persons and file a case against the police. After the press conference, butchers staged a demonstration and blocked GT Road to register their protest against the alleged police highhandedness. They warned the district administration of blocking the rail traffic if illegal raids were not stopped. They also warned of boycotting Ramazan Bazaars.
Later, talking to The News on phone, Malik Safdar said that butchers were allowed to slaughter weak and limb–broken animals under the Slaughter Control Act 1965 and the Amended Act 1973, whereas slaughter of healthy and milk–producing cattle was strictly prohibited. He asked the government to arrange a veterinary doctor to check their animals at the time of slaughter and they were ready to pay monthly salary to him.