Rising incidence of cattle theft: Report
Cattle stealing cases in the city has seen a hike in the past four years, according to data released by the Delhi Police. Since Delhi shares it borders with the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, the maximum number of cases were reported from outer Delhi which includes Bawana, Aman Vihar as well as Mahipalpur area in South Delhi.
In East Delhi too, cattle smuggling is mostly reported in Ghazipur and Mayur Vihar area. In 2015 from January till September 30, 214 cattle theft cases have been registered with the Delhi Police. The cattle which are smuggled from the neighbouring states enter Delhi through these areas and are sent to other neighbouring states. In May 2015, 12 buffaloes of a farmer identified as Satish were stolen from his house in Aman Vihar area. This led the police to constitute a ten-member Special Investigation Team to search for the animals. The buffaloes were estimated to be worth Rs 10 lakh. WhatsApp groups were also formed through which policemen clicked pictures of the animals and forwarded them to the cattle owner.
This is not the first case of cattle theft in which the police carried extensive investigations. According to the data released by the police, 35 cases of cattle theft were registered in 2011 and 53 cases of cattle theft were registered in 2012 followed by 56 cases in 2013 and 204 cases in 2014.
According to a senior police official, the stolen cattle which are recovered by the police are mostly sent to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) situated in Tis Hazari.
According to the official, in most cases of cattle smuggling the accused persons are often arrested but the animals are never recovered and it takes a lot of time to carry out search operations.