Trucks carrying cows attacked by vigilantes over suspicion of cattle smuggling

Cow vigilante

Cow vigilante

At least 50 persons have been booked by police for the attack that took place on Sunday night on NH 15 in Barmer district. According to police, four people, Chainaram, Kamlesh, Vikram and Jaswant, were arrested for pelting the truck with stones and blocking National Highway 15 in order to stop the trucks.

"The accused pelted stones at trucks and damaged one truck". The mob also tried to set one truck on fire but was prevented by police.

Calling for legal action against those involved in the attack, he said the Tamil Nadu government should exert pressure on the Centre and Rajasthan in this regard. Barmer Police have said they will provide adequate security to the officials. The incident has occured almost two months after a dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed by a mob near Alwar for transporting cows that he had legally purchased.

As per the preliminary investigation conducted by the police, the cows had been purchased and were being taken to Tamil Now. The trucks had bene engaged by the Tamil Nadu government. "We are making alternative arrangements for their transportation", Singla was further quoted as saying by Indian Express.

"The accused are not from any particular group or organisation".

Speaking to the paper, Singla described the attackers as "drunk anti-social elements". A case against 50 persons has been registered for voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty and for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and also under the National Highway Act.

"Some policemen who did not react in time despite calls from the Tamil Nadu officials have been shunted to the police lines". Singla confirmed that policemen were shunted for reaching late on the spot, "As a disciplinary action, SHO Jairam, Sub Inspector Dhruv Prasad, Assistant Sub Inspector Majid and two head constables and as many head constables were shunted to police lines", Singla added.

The Tamil Nadu Government purchased Rajasthan's famed Tharparkar breed for breeding under the National Agricultural Development Programme.

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