Police involved in buffalo smuggling: Traders

- KHAGENDRA AWASTHI, BAITADI

Nov 2, 2012-

Although the export of buffaloes is banned in the district, it has come to light that the animals are being smuggled to India in collusion with police.

On Wednesday, police returned a truck laden with buffaloes at Khodpe after smugglers refused to pay the demanded money. Padam Singh Air, a buffalo trader, said police demanded Rs 30,000 from them.

After a deal could be made, police took the buffaloes under control due to the pressure from the Khodpe Bazaar Management Committee.

“We were supplying buffaloes without police interference in the past. However, police did not let us pass the truck this time even after we provided them Rs 5,500 as bribe,” Air said.

“We have to bribe security personnel at every police post along the road. They take money ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for a truck laden with buffaloes,” he said. Police, however, said they were curbing the illegal trade.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Kamal Kharel said he directed police personnel not to let buffaloes laden vehicles pass without recommendation of veterinary doctors.

Buffaloes from a number of districts such as Baitadi, Darchula and Bajhang are being smuggled to Lucknow in India.

As a result, the number of buffaloes is on the decline in the region, prompting price hike of milk products.

 

Published: 03-11-2012 08:50

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