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Cow smuggler shot dead in police encounter in Alwar

The man killed was identified as 23-year-old-Taleem from Nuh district of Haryana

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February 1, 2018, 11:31 am

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Jaipur: In a late-night shootout on Wednesday, in Alwar, a suspected cow smuggler was killed by police. This happened after police had set up barricades at many locations after receiving information that a group of men was trying to smuggle cows. The men were halted by police at the third barricade after they opened fire at the first two barricades.  The exchange of fire took place in Janta Colony. The man killed was identified as 23-year-old-Taleem from Nuh district of Haryana, who the police stated tried to flee with many stray cows in a truck.

Alwar superintendent of police, Rahul Prakash stated that several men ran away after the truck in which they were traveling was forced to stop. This happened after a bullet blew one of its tyres. These men left behind an injured man who later died. According to the SP, the truck was carrying five cows including a dead one. During the shootout, the suspected cow smugglers fired 3 rounds while the police fired 7 rounds. The incident happened between 1.30 – 2 am on Thursday morning.

The police said no documents pertaining to transportation of cattle were found from the truck or the victim. At the same time, the police added that no one had come forward to claim ownership of the cows being transported. The bovines have been sent to a local cow shelter.

Director-General of Police O P Galhotra stated that the guidelines set by the National Human Rights Council as well as the Supreme Court shall be followed in this case. He also said that these men were certainly cow smugglers. According to him, these men used to collect cattle left in the open at night and this was going on for many days. Police were monitoring it and had increased patrolling to catch hold of them.

While Alwar has witnessed many incidents related to cow vigilantism this year, the state had recorded 20 cased related to this as well as cow smuggling. Last month one Umar Mohammed died when a group of men transporting cows was attacked in Alwar’s Govindgarh area.

First published: December 8, 2017