Police later seized the truck and sent the meat for testing. "Similar incidents were reported from Shahpur in 2009 and 2014", said Daya Shanker, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Jagdishpur told the daily. Later, the people blocked National Highway 84 on the Ara-Buxar road, demanding action against the Shahpur police station in-charge for not taking action against illegal slaughterhouses. The three arrested persons also did not make any complaint to the police.
The police however refused to do that. By 2 am, 15 BJP and Bajrang Dal workers had reached the petrol pump in town to stop the truck, reported the Indian Express. "They came later after being informed and rescued the three accused".
It was only after senior police officials rushed to the spot and pacified the protesters that the blockade was lifted.
Sarfuddin (45), Azimulla Khan (44) and Gulam Khan (50) were arrested from the village under the jurisdiction of Shahpur police station in the district last night, an official said.
According to the Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955, cow and buffalo slaughter is banned in the state. "There is also a clause under the IPC against promoting enmity between two communities".
All the three persons were residents of Rohtas district. "Strict action will be taken against those running the illegal slaughterhouse", District Magistrate Sanjeev Kumar said.
The incidents comes on the heels of the new JD (U)-BJP alliance assuming power in Bihar, giving the Opposition some fresh ammo against the government. Superintendent of Police of Bhojpur, Avakash Kumar said that OC Bipin Kumar was been put under suspension on order of Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohammad Rahman. for dereliction of duty after an illegal slaughter house was found in his jurisdiction. "Such incidents were not happening in Bihar so Nitishji was feeling suffocated. Did he get the mandate for this?"