Yet another policeman has laid down his life in the line of duty while combatting the dangerous cattle smuggling mafia. Constable Rameshwar Gangadhar Parchande (30) was crushed to death at a checkpoint in Solapur district of Maharashtra by 4 cattle smugglers in a pick-up – driver Gaus Nabilal Qureshi, Rafiq Qureshi, Mudassar and Istiyak Hirawale.
As per an Indian Express report, the incident took place in the early hours of May 23 and all four smugglers have been arrested. Constable Parchande was a resident of Jodbhavi in Solapur, and is survived by his wife and nine-month-old son. A case of murder has been registered at Mandrup police station.
According to police, Parchande was deployed at a nakabandi point in Vadakbal village along with police naik Lakshman Kolekar and home guards Swapnil Giri and Dinesh Raste for checking vehicles entering the district during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Around 4.45 am on May 23, Kolekar tried stopping a speeding pick-up vehicle coming from Teramail area, but the driver did not stop. Police noticed that the registration plate of the vehicle was tampered with and the back was covered with wooden plates.
Constable Parchande and a home guard chased the pick-up vehicle on a motorcycle, and managed to intercept it. When Parchande was walking towards the vehicle, the driver accelerated towards him, knocking him down, and then escaped, police said.
A team from Mandrup police station rushed to the spot and took Parchande to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injures. Police began an investigation into the matter and arrested Qureshi and seized the vehicle.
Police said no cattle was found inside the vehicle when they seized it but they suspect that it was used to illegally transport cattle to a slaughterhouse in violation of lockdown norms.
Police also arrested three more persons and an investigation is on regarding their role in the case. A local court remanded the four accused in police custody for further investigation.
Left-liberal media might have lost interest in the cattle smuggling issue, aka ‘beef lynching’ narrative as popularised by them. Having failed to nail Modi and shame Hindus using this narrative in the 2015-18 period, they have decided to move on to other manufactured narratives. But the dangerous reality of the cattle smuggling / beef trade continues to claim scores of lives – mostly of policemen and villagers – besides inflicting unimaginable cruelty on cows and other cattle.
In the Hinduphobic climate which still dominates the country, duty-bound policemen like Rameshwar Gangadhar Parchande go unmourned, while cattle smugglers are presented as poor victims.
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