While one person has been arrested, the hunt in underway for the rest 10. Representative photo

MP: Houses of 11 demolished after cops find beef in fridge; 1 arrested

Police also rescued 150 cows, that they said were held captive for slaughter, from the premises of the houses

Houses built on government land by 11 people were demolished in tribal-dominated Mandla in Madhya Pradesh after it was found that the occupants were involved in illegal beef trade, a police official said on Saturday (June 15).

The action was taken after a tip off was received that a large number of cows had been held captive for slaughter in Bhainwahi area in Nainpur, Mandla Superintendent of Police Rajat Saklecha told PTI.

"A team was rushed there and we found 150 cows tied in the backyards of the accused. Cow meat was recovered from the refrigerators in the homes of all the11 accused. We also found animal fat, cattle skin and bones, which were stuffed in a room," he said.

"The local government veterinarian has confirmed the seized meat is beef. We have also sent samples to Hyderabad for secondary DNA analysis. The houses of the11 accused were demolished as they were on government land," he added.

Saklecha said a case was filed on Friday night following the recovery of the cows and beef. He said one of the accused has been arrested while a hunt was on for the remaining 10.

"The 150 cows have been sent to a cattle shelter. Bhainswahi area had become a hub of cow smuggling for some time now. Cow slaughter in MP is punishable with a jail term of seven years," Saklecha added.

Police sources said criminal history of two of the accused has been gathered and the process was on to find out about the antecedents of the remaining persons. All the accused are Muslims, they added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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