24/06/2015 12:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Thief Who Stole Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan's Buffaloes Has Been Found After Year-Long Hunt

Cows and Buffalo climb the ghat steps to enjoy the views...
Cows and Buffalo climb the ghat steps to enjoy the views...

Uttar Pradesh Police is an efficient lot it seems.

According to a PTI report, police has finally found the thief who had stolen Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan’s buffaloes.

Last year, seven of Khan’s buffaloes were stolen from a barn he owned in Rampur. The state government left no stone unturned to find the missing buffaloes. Dog squads, crime branch sleuths and police personnel were put on the job.

When the buffaloes couldn’t be found, three cops were removed for 'dereliction of duty’.

Led by the Superintendent of Police, Sadhna Goswami, cops across the district spread out in a massive buffalo hunt, combed fields and took sniffer dogs along to track down the buffaloes.

The distraught minister reportedly had CCTV footage of slaughterhouses scanned.

To everyone's relief, after an intensive overnight search, the bovines were rescued and the five of the accused nabbed.

A year later, on this Sunday, another accused identified as Chunan, was arrested in Moradabad district along with two others.

Moradabad Superintendent of Police (Rural) Praval Pratap Singh said that during interrogation, the accused allegedly confessed to stealing the buffaloes from the barn.

According to Times of India, social activist Nutan Thakur has sent a cheque of Rs 100 to Mundapande station officer Ravindra Tomar of Moradabad district for having arrested the thief.

Thakur said that she sent this as a token award hoping that the police will show the same alertness to catch culprits involved in common citizen's thefts as well.

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