MP police to nab export companies' owners in Mumbai

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Barwani, MP, Aug 18 (UNI) The district police has sent out two teams for arresting the owners of two major Mumbai-based export companies allegedly involved in smuggling of beef even as the accused submitted anticipatory bail pleas in the Sessions Court here.

The petitions were submitted on August 14. Police said the first team had gone to Mumbai while the second would go to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to catch other accused.

The companies collect beef from various parts of the country.

Nine people, including Pune-based Central Food Laboratory Director R S Waghmare, were arrested in this connection.

Six containers containing 96 tonnes of beef were seized in this district's Nagalwadi police station limits in February. A Gandhinagar-based laboratory confirmed it as cow flesh.

In compliance of a court order, the seized beef was destroyed after retaining samples.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court's Indore bench admitted the accused's plea for having the samples analysed at Pune.

The samples were analysed as 'buffalo' flesh initially. To expose the lab, police sent a dead cow's sample to the lab and it again analysed the flesh as buffalo flesh.

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