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Controversy over Indian officials' response to theft of minister's buffaloes

Government officials in India's north have been forced to defend their robust response to the theft of seven buffaloes belonging to a ruling party minister.

INDIA: Government officials in India's north have been forced to defend their robust response to the theft of seven buffaloes belonging to a ruling party minister.

Senior police officers and sniffer dogs were deployed to successfully track down the buffaloes stolen from Azam Khan's farmhouse.

A high level search team was formed to hunt the stolen buffaloes, within minutes of the theft being reported.

Police raided slaughter houses and meat shops and went door-to-door to look for the animals.

Officers even followed footsteps along a dusty road - before the buffaloes were found using sniffer dogs.

But three police officers have been transferred as punishment for not preventing the theft.

It is the latest controversy involving Mr Khan - following his heavily scutinised handling of relief camps housing riot victims in the region.

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