Pune: Police Intercept Truck Carrying Camels for Slaughter in Karnataka; Two Arrested in Pune

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Pune, 17th May 2024: A shocking case has come to light involving the smuggling of camels from Pune to slaughterhouses in Karnataka. Some people from Bhartiya Gau Raksha Dal in Pune exposed this situation. A truck carrying eight camels from Ravet in Pimpri Chinchwad to Karnataka was intercepted with the help of the police. A case has been registered at the Sinhagad Road Police Station, and both suspects have been detained.

The names of the arrested suspects are Arun Kumar Chinappa (28, resident of Krishnagiri, Karnataka) and Lakhan Magan Jadhav (30, resident of Wakad). Krishna Tulshiram Satpute (24, resident of Warje) filed a complaint in this case. Chinappa is a truck driver, and Jadhav is a camel handler. Complainant Satpute is a social activist from the Warje area.

On 13th May, around 8:30 PM, Honorary Animal Welfare Officer Shivshankar Swamy informed them about a vehicle carrying camels that had left Ravet. The camels were reportedly being mercilessly beaten and were destined for slaughter in Karnataka. Satpute and his friends Prasad Dude (28, resident of Warje), Ashitosh Marne (27, resident of Narhe), Ajay Bhandari (28, resident of Bhugaon), and Sagar Dhide (28, resident of Warje) intercepted the truck at Warje area on the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass. They spotted the truck coming from Chandni Chowk around 10:00 PM, pursued it, and stopped it near Wadgaon Bridge. The truck driver, Arun Kumar Chinappa, and the passenger, Lakhan Jadhav, were questioned and subsequently detained.

Upon inspection of the truck, it was found that eight camels were tied together. They were covered with tarpaulins on all four sides, and their feet and mouths were bound. There was no provision of fodder or water in the truck, and the camels were injured. The workers dialed 112 and sought police assistance. The police arrived at the scene and questioned the accused about the transport of the camels, but they gave vague answers. The police seized the truck and the camels, and both suspects were detained.

The eight camels, which were being taken to a slaughterhouse in Karnataka, were rescued in Ravet. The Sinhagad Road police registered the complaint and took immediate action, saving the camels. The rescued animals have been kept at Panjarpol. Shivraj Sanganale mentioned that the workers were guided by Shivshankar Swamy and Adv. Ashish Barik.