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Robbers employ kids to steal goats

Security vigil beefed up, as instances of goat thefts are reported at Deonar abattoir ahead of Bakri Eid on Monday

IN a carefully planned heist, robbers stole three goats from the Deonar abattoir last week, leading goat owners to beef up security ahead of Bakri Eid, which will be celebrated tomorrow. The thieves employed the services of children to help steal the goats that were recovered the following day.

The first case was reported on October 31, when the robbers falsely accused a goat owner of stealing a goat from the abattoir.


Goat meat is sold at Rs 250/kg at Imambada road near Mogal Masjid.
Pic/ Sayed Sameer Abedi


Two other cases of theft were reported on November 2 and 3, where robbers offered Rs 100 to children to ride the goats out of the abattoir. The robbers struck conversations with the owners in order to keep them occupied while the children stole the goats.

Senior Inspector of Deonar police station Pralhad Panaskar said the robbers assumed that no one would suspect them if children stole the goats.

But the policemen caught the children and questioned them, which led them to the real offenders. "Our officers were stationed in civil dress near the abattoir gate, and on both occasions managed to get information about the robbers. They booked them on theft charges," he said.

In the first case reported on October 31, accused Abdul Karim and Abdul Kadar approached owner Shahid Qureshi and falsely accused him of stealing a goat. They also beat Qureshi in an effort to intimidate him. But Qureshi, who had purchased the goat, intimated the police about the incident.

"The two robbers planned to rob Qureshi's goat by bullying him and falsely accusing him of  robbing the goat from the abattoir. The accused have been booked under section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of IPC, " said Panaskar.

General Manager of Deonar abattoir, Pramod Dethe said, "Cases of goat thefts increase in the run up to Bakri Eid every year.

In order to prevent such thefts, we have stationed 165 security personnel near the eight entries to the abattoir. We are also installing cameras in the abattoir for surveillance."

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