Chanda constable crushed to death by cattle smugglers

JANUARY 22, 2019

Chandrapur: Police constable, Prakash Meshram, trying to stop cattle smugglers was crushed to death near Warora late on Sunday night. Two other policemen were also injured.

Sources in Warora police claimed that two pickup vehicles carrying bovines illegally were on way from Wani in Yavatmal district to Nagpur. Near Warora bypass check post, police had barricaded the road and carrying out routine checks. On seeing the police, the smugglers panicked and drove past the barricades and injured two cops Dheeraj Meshram and Suraj Meshram who tried to stop them.

As the two vehicles sped away, cops manning the check post alerted Warora police station and their counterparts at Khambada check post, a few kilometres away on Nagpur highway, about the rouge vehicles. Cops Prakash Meshram and Kamlesh Mohmare, posted at Khambada check post, stood behind the barricades and signalled the drivers using torchlight to stop. Instead of slowing down, the drivers hit the barricades and constable Prakash Meshram killing him on the spot.

Soon after the mishap, the occupants of the truck tried to flee leaving the vehicles. However, two — Imtiyaz Ahmed Faiyyaz (19) and Mohammad Raza Abdul Qureshi (20), both residents of Kamptee — were arrested from the spot. Two pickup trucks along with 24 cattle were seized. Two others, however, managed to flee.

SP Maheshwar Reddy, who reached the spot on being informed about the incident, dispatched a police squad behind the fleeing accused. The police team arrested the accused identified as Muhammad Fahim Ajeem Sheikh (23) and Adil Khan alias Muhammad Kadir Khan (21) from Kamptee on Monday.

Incidentally, this was the second incident in three months in which a cop has lost life while on duty. A police sub-inspector Chhatrapati Chide was mowed down under a car by liquor smugglers in November last year near Nagbhid.

Police have registered offence under sections 302, 317, 353, 332, 333 and 34 of IPC. Charges under relevant sections of Maharashtra Animal Preservation (amendment) Act, 2015, and rules under Trasporation of Animals Act too have been registered against the accused. Probationary IPS officer, Navneet Kawant, is investigating the case.

The victim constable Prakash Meshram hailed from Ballarpur and was attached to Bhadrawati police station.

Union minister of state for home affairs, Hansraj Ahir, FDCM chairman, Chandansingh Chandel, IG Nagpur range, Mallikarjun Prassana, paid their homage to martyr cop at the police ground. Last rites were carried out at Ballarpur later in the afternoon.

Guardian minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has announced an aid of Rs10 lakh for the kin of the deceased cop from CM’s fund. He also directed the police to avail the services of eminent lawyers, if need be, to make sure that the culprits cannot escape the gallows. Mungantiwar also assured to bring the incident to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s notice and urge him to hold a special meeting to rein in the menace of liquor and cattle smugglers in Chandrapur.


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