As reported by Jagran, a police constable, Atiuallah Khan was suspended from service in connection to a cow smuggling racket. Khan was suspended by SSP Anand Kulkarni who suspected a nexus between him and the cow smugglers. A departmental inquiry is also initiated against him.
In November, STF team had nabbed illegal cow meat smugglers where five people including one Mohammad Asif Ilahi were arrested. On interrogation, they named few more people, including constable Atiullah Khan. Khan allegedly helped cow smugglers in lieu of money. Khan would then ensure the money reaches other people in the department too. More people are expected to be investigated in the case.
Earlier in September, a constable named Haider in Mirzamurad thana was investigated after an audio clip where he was allegedly asking for a bribe to release a vehicle smuggling cattle went viral. On found guilty, he was sent to jail.
As per reports, there is a deep nexus between cow and cattle smugglers and police in areas like Varanasi, Prayagraj, Bhadohi and Chandauli. The thanas earn as much as Rs. 3 to 5 lakh per month. Since higher-ups are reportedly involved, no investigation takes place.