Superintendent of Sirmour Police Mr. J. P. Singh at a press conference convened here this evening said that with the arrest of five residents of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh case of killing 36 Oxen had been solved.
He said that 36 Oxen were thrown at four different places in Tapu area near village Kunja Matrallion near Paonta town on the wee hours on April 6th last by the offenders. They had confessed their involvement in the crime. Offenders told police that they had brought 40 Oxen from Dharmpur in Mandi district in three Trucks out of which 21 Oxen died in the way which they threw on the bank of Yamuna river.
Mr Singh said that arrested persons includes Matloob, Naiem, Furkan, Imran and Khasnur, all resident of village Ranipur Kalan under Behat Police Station in Saharanpur district. They however informed police that they had brought these Oxen for agriculture purpose for sale to local residents but police did not believe their statement and matter was being investigated.
SP added that offenders had hired three Trucks of Sunder Nagar which had been identified. He said that all the five persons had been released on bail as per the provisions of Cruelties against Animals Act by the police. He said that during last year a number of such incidents were reported in the Paonta area but present case had been solved which was a strong message for the criminals involved in such activities.
It may be recalled that Oxen had been killed by throwing brutally from the trucks. They were laying in heaps and their bodies were laying on each other. Veterinary Doctors who conducted postmortem of the Oxen said that â€˜Oxen died due to hunger, dehydration and suffocationsâ€™. Residents of Paonta area including Bajran Dal and Shiv Sena had threatened to launch an agitation as they had alleged that during last one year over half dozen such incidents had occurred in the Paonta area in which over 150 Cows were killed by throwing them in the trenches and slopes on road slide.