During a routine vehicle check, 24 dead cows were recovered from a truck on Kanpur-Prayagraj national highway on Saturday, police said.
Local police officers were conducting a checking of vehicles on the bypass near Naua Taal area and stopped a truck but its driver and cleaner fled the spot, SHO City Kotwali Ravindra Srivastav said.
When police searched the truck, 24 dead cows and one live one were found inside it, Srivastava said, adding that an FIR has been lodged on the basis of the registration number of the truck.
The SHO suspected that the cows were being smuggled from some village in Kanpur and being taken to Prayagraj. He said that the culprits would be nabbed soon. The carcasses have been sent for a post-mortem, he added.