Bhubaneswar, September 5 (LocalWire): Seven cattle smugglers were arrested with 90 animals by the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack commisionerate police near the Madhupatna flyover in Cuttack yesterday night.
The local police intercepted the truck in which 90 cattle were being transported to Kolkata via Balasore, the police said, adding that the legs of the animals were found to be tied and they were in a pathetic condition.
Majority of the cattle also bore bruises and wounds on their bodies indicating that cruel treatment by the smugglers, the police stated.
The arrested persons were active members of interstate gang thriving on cattle smuggling and the police are interrogating them to understand the modus operandi and other details of the racket.
According to available data, cattle from Odisha are mostly transported to West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the districts like Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Rayagada, and Koraput are the major transit points for the cattle-laden trucks.
It is important to note here that the Animal Welfare Board of India had asked the state last year to establish police check posts at strategic locations and smuggling-prone spots of the inter-state border to curb the cattle smuggling.
The state also has in place the Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Transport of Animal on Foot) Rules 2001.
However, locals allege that the rules are hardly complied with by law-enforcing agencies and cattle smuggling has continued unabated in the state with the exclusive police check posts meant to keep a tab on cattle smugglers functioning only on papers.