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Rajasthan Cow vigilantes ransack govt trucks from Tamil Nadu

  • The Animal Husbandry officials from Tamil Nadu were beaten by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan.
  • The vigilantes suspected that the cows were being transported illegally, whereas they were being ferried as part of a government cow breeding programme.
  • The officials were not spared despite having the necessary documents.
Rajasthan Cow vigilantes ransack govt trucks from Tamil Nadu cattle breeding programme
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Suspecting illegal transportation of cows, close to 50 cow vigilantes targetted Tamil Nadu government officials ferrying cows from Jaisalmer to the southern state. Although a part of the national cattle breeding programme or the 'Rashtriya Gokul Mission', the officials were not spared and the trucks were ransacked. The vigilantes pelted stones on the officials and blocked the National Highway 15 on suspicion of cattle smuggling in Rajasthan's Barmer district.

Four persons have been arrested and action has been taken against seven policemen, including a police inspector for not taking immediate action. They were late in reporting at the spot, said a senior police officials. Officials from the animal husbandry department of Tamil Nadu purchased 50 cows and calves from Jaisalmer and were transporting them to Tamil Nadu in five trucks with all the necessary documents and also an NOC. However, that did not deter the vigilantes from attempting to burn a truck, which was stalled by the police who had reached the spot by then. 

The officials had purchased the cows of good quality for a breeding programme to preserve indigenous cattle breeds.In fact, they also had permission from the SDM and local police station to transport the cows. SP, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla said, “The accused pelted stones at the trucks and damaged one. The cows were rescued and taken to a local cow shelter for the time being."

A case has been registered against 50 people for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from duty and for assault or criminal force to deter public servants from discharge of their duty and also under the National Highway Act.

Singla further 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 today."

Earlier, activists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were arrested for setting a truck that was carrying oxen on fire. Meanwhile, in Chennai, the CPI Tamil Nadu unit strongly condemned the act today and asked the Centre and the Rajasthan government to ensure legal action against the vigilantes. 


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