Cow vigilantes arrested for assault on Indian officials

Jane Richards
June 14, 2017

The incident took place in Barmer district of Rajasthan when a convoy of five trucks led by Tamil Nadu officials was carrying at least 80 bovines were stopped late night on Sunday on NH 15 highway by cow vigilantes. Barmer SP Gagandeep Singla said that seven policemen, including a Station House Officer, were also transferred for "not acting in time". The officials were doing so in accordance with a special project of the Tamil Nadu Government, called the National Cow Breeding Programme.

According to eyewitnesses, the mob of over 250 tried to beat the men in the trucks and also attempted to set a truck on fire.

Policemen who tried to disperse the crowd were also attacked and pelted with stones forcing a lathicharge to clear the highway. The officials, drivers and cleaners were rescued and taken to local police station.

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Rajasthan is one of several states where vigilante groups claiming to be working for the protection of cows have attacked people ferrying cattle, often accusing the animals were being taken for slaughter. After the incident four people were arrested on Monday. Singla confirmed that policemen were shunted for reaching late on the spot, "As a disciplinary action, SHO Jairam, Sub Inspector Dhruv Prasad, Assistant Sub Inspector Majid and two head constables and as many head constables were shunted to police lines", Singla added. But the self-styled cow vigilantes didn't allow the officials to talk or to explain even a bit.

The miscreants allegedly drunk asked the truck drivers to stop their vehicle and assaulted the officials including a veterinary doctor travelling along with them.

Calling for legal action against those involved in the attack, he said the Tamil Nadu government should exert pressure on the Centre and Rajasthan in this regard. A cattle trader Pehalu Khan was beaten to death by so-called cow vigilantes in Alwar on April 1.

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