Border lands: Exploring the world's biggest illegal cattle trade route

Monday, October 5, 2015

It is the second night, and Rehman is hoping they will soon be inside India, where work is waiting for him. But there is still no news.

It's almost ten at night. Most townspeople are locked in their homes. After the riots, it is not advisable to move around in the late hours. From the temple lane, Ali chases five big cows down the road. He has a cellphone tied to his waist that rings with a Hindi movie caller tune. He says he is on his way.

As he reaches the main road, three more men are chasing groups of cattle. Some are Hindus, most are Muslims. They crisscross in a well-organised route, jogging continuously to keep the animals on course. All night they will be on the run, to converge at a chosen place by morning.


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