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Suspecting cow smuggling, UP police detain animal ambulance

IANS | Ghaziabad |

Overzealous Ghaziabad police detained an ambulance run by People for Animals (PFA) which was transporting a calf with a fractured leg to its animal hospital in Dhaulana – suspecting it to be a case of cow smuggling.

"Over-enthusiastic police wanted to capture cow smugglers transporting bovines for slaughter, and could not determine that it was an animal ambulance, though it had a blue light on the hood and it was written boldly on the side. They detained it for several hours," said Ashima Sharma, trustee of PFA which is run by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. 

The ambulance is being run for the past more than 15 years for the welfare of animals. Police should ascertain the reason for detaining the ambulance and causing hurt to a noble cause," Sharma said. 

SP City Akash Tomar said that police let off the ambulance later. "Police verified the credentials of the ambulance and allowed it to move after it was found to be genuine," he said. 

The police could have been misled by Bajrang Dal activists, added Ashima.