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3 killed by suspected cow smugglers in Meghalaya

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Three persons, including a village headman, were killed and three others seriously injured after a group of suspected cow smugglers attacked them near the border in Meghalaya's West Hills district, police said today.

The incident occurred at around 2.30 pm yesterday when the six were returning to their village Amlani after attending an official meeting at Amlarem, a sub-divisional town in the district, the police said.

The six were stopped at a place near Trangblang village and attacked by the suspected cow smugglers, a said.

While the village headman, the and another member of the village were killed on the spot, three others, who received serious injuries, were rescued and admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital, the of Police (SP) of West Hills district, Vivek Syiem, told

Initially, the main accused, his brother and their cousin were arrested, the SP said, adding, later, the police arrested three others, including another brother of the main accused.

According to villagers, the headman and other villagers, earlier this week, had apprehended the main accused when he was trying to smuggle cattle to

He was assaulted by the villagers and the police had to rescue him, a said.

An FIR was lodged against the village headman and others on Wednesday, the said.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 19:15 IST