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Tension in Kathua as mob torches truck alleging cattle smuggling

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A mob set blaze a truck alleging that cows and buffaloes were being illegally transported in the vehicle and tried to block Jammu-highway in district of and Kashmir on Monday, prompting the police to use batons and fire teargas shells to disperse the violent protesters, officials said here.

Tension prevailed in Hiranagar area after the incident in village Pathwal and additional police personnel have been deployed there.

A group of people stopped the truck carrying eight cows and buffaloes in the village around 1050 hrs and set ablaze the vehicle after "rescuing" the animals, an said.

According to police, the and the conductor of the vehicle abandoned it on 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, the officials said.

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 near Dayalachak, after which the cops fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse them, an said, adding two persons suffered minor injuries in the violence.

"The situation in the area is tense but under control," the said adding the traffic on the highway was going on smoothly.

A case was registered in this connection and further investigation is on, the officials said.

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Meanwhile, police in nearby district arrested two alleged bovine smugglers and rescued 16 animals which were being transported illegally, a said.

Amandeep Singh, a resident of Jammu, was arrested after police recovered 16 animals from his truck which was coming from side at Nonath on the highway, he said.

The said a case under relevant sections of law was registered against the arrested 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 said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 17:15 IST