Mob Torches Truck Alleging Cattle Smuggling in J&K’s Kathua
The incident prompted the police to use batons and fire teargas shells to disperse the violent protesters.
A mob set a truck ablaze alleging that cows and buffaloes were being illegally transported in the vehicle and tried to block the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, 3 December.
The incident prompted the police to use batons and fire teargas shells to disperse the violent protesters, officials said.
Kathua SP Shridhar Patil said the police had taken cognisance and had filed a case in the matter, as per ANI.
Tension prevailed in Hiranagar after the incident in Pathwal village and additional police personnel have been deployed there, officials said.
What Exactly Happened
A group of people had stopped the truck, carrying eight cows and buffaloes in the village, at around 10:50 am and set it ablaze after "rescuing" the animals, an official said.
According to the police official, the driver and the conductor of the vehicle abandoned it after noticing the mob and escaped.
It was not immediately clear whether the animals were being transported legally or not, but the protesters blocked the main road demanding stern action against the persons accusing them of bovine smuggling.
A large contingent of police was rushed to the village to restore order but the protesters refused to disperse and also tried to block the Jammu-Pathnakot highway near Dayalachak, after which the cops fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse them, an official said, adding two persons suffered minor injuries in the violence.
“The situation in the area is tense but under control,” the official said adding the traffic on the highway was going on smoothly.
Kathua is about 80 km from Jammu.
Cattle Smugglers Arrested in Samba, Gujjar Basti
Meanwhile, police in nearby Samba district arrested two alleged bovine smugglers and rescued 16 animals, which were being transported illegally, a police spokesperson said.
Amandeep Singh, a resident of Jammu, was arrested after police recovered 16 animals from his truck, which was coming from Kathua side at Nonath on the highway, he added.
The spokesperson said a case under relevant sections of law was registered against the arrested driver for transporting animals without permission.
In another such incident, he said police rescued three bovines from a Jammu-bound vehicle at Gujjar Basti Tanda during checking.
The driver, Abdul Majid, was arrested and a case was registered against him, the spokesperson said.
The arrests come alongside a similar incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday, 3 December, where two people, including a cop, died during violent protests between two groups over cow slaughter rumours.
During the high-voltage protests, members of several Hindu groups with an alleged cow carcass gathered on the Bulandshahr-Syana road and pelted stones at the police personnel, according to IANS. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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