Pune, July 17: The police arrested nine people on Sunday on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway near Ranjangaon and seized four tonnes of meat, suspected to be cow beef. These nine men were arrested by the rural police in the early hours of Sunday. Animal Husbandry officer RD Yadav confirmed that the seized meat was beef, reported Times of India. Yadav informed that the samples were later sent for a forensic lab test to examine whether the meat was cow beef, bullock or buffalo meat.

The law in the state prohibits the possession or transportation of cow and bullock meat. However, there is no such restriction on carrying buffalo meat. The Ranjangao police’s investigating officer, Nanasaheb Kale, informed that the 9 suspects who are arrested had no licence or permit from any veterinary authority to transport the meat. Hence, they were arrested by the police. (ALSO READ: Man Assaulted by Cow Vigilantes in Nagpur Was Carrying Beef, Says Police)

The meat consignment was carried from Mumbai and it was headed to Beed, say reports. The Ranjangaon MIDC police informed that they received a call from the members of the Akhil Bharatiya Krishi Gau Seva Sangh about the two vehicles – a mini truck and a pick-up van – that were allegedly illegally transporting the cow beef. That’s how the police could trace down the vehicles and nabbed 9 men.