50 people booked, seven arrested.
Jaipur: Seven policemen including the station house officer (SHO) was removed from active duty and sent to reserve police lines in connection with the attack on truck drivers by cow vigilantes on National Highway – 15 in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Sunday night. The cops were found delirious in duty following which the superintendent of police (SP) removed them. A total of seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident so far, while more than 50 people have been booked.
A mob intercepted five trucks in Barmer on Sunday night, accusing them of smuggling cows. The cow vigilantes attacked the truck drivers. They tried to set the vehicles on fire. They then blocked the highway.
As per the preliminary investigation conducted by the police, the cows had been purchased and were being taken to Tamil Now. These cows were to be kept in a shelter and fed for their protection. The trucks had bene engaged by the Tamil Nadu government. The cow vigilantes, however, alleged that the animals were being smuggled for slaughter.
A police team from Kotwali police station was rushed to the spot, but it was alleged that the cops remained mute spectators and didn’t stop the people from attacking the drivers.
“We have registered FIRs against more than 50 people. Of them, 15 people have been identified in the case. Teams have been constituted to identity and arrest the culprits. Seven people have been arrested,” said a senior police officer.
aw and other situations are being reported frequently in the state as people claiming to be cow protectors take law in their own hands. A cattle trader Pehalu Khan was beaten to death by so-called cow vigilantes in Alwar on April 1.
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