While the debate over cows cow vigilantism intensifies after repeated instance of violence across the country, in another occurrence of fury, on Sunday, over 50 men attacked a truck from Tamil Nadu in Barmer district of Rajasthan, ferrying cows as they suspected cattle smuggling.
According to the police, 4 people, Chainaram, Kamlesh, Vikram and Jaswant, were arrested for pelting stones at the truck and blocking National Highway 15 in order to stop the trucks. Four persons have been arrested and action against seven policemen including a police inspector has been taken for allegedly not taking the matter seriously and reaching the spot late last night, a senior police official said.
As per reports, officials of Animal Husbandry Department of Tamil Nadu had bought these cows from Jaisalmer and were transporting them in five trucks when they were attacked. The truck drivers also had NOC and required road permits.
“The accused tried to beat the officials. They also tried to set the truck on fire but police reached the spot and prevented them. The officials, drivers and cleaners were rescued and taken to local police station. In the meanwhile, several people gathered there and blocked National Highway 15,” SP, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla.
“The accused pelted stones at trucks and damaged a truck. The cows have been taken to a local cow shelter for the time being,” he added.
“The officials informed the police station immediately and sought help but the policemen reached late. On this dereliction, the SHO of Sadar Police Station and six other policemen were shunted to police lines” Singla said.