50 cow vigilantes attack Tamil Nadu officials transporting cattle from Rajasthan's Barmer: CPM targets 'divisive' BJP

The CPM on Monday flayed the BJP after cow vigilantes targeted Tamil Nadu government officials, who were transporting cows from Jaisalmer to their state, saying the ruling party's "divisive" politics is detrimental to the country's social fabric.

"BJP's divisive politics, the environment of hate fostered by it and no governance, spells hell for our social fabric (sic)," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter.

At least, 50 cow vigilantes targetted officials transporting cows, pelted stones at a truck and blocked National Highway 15 on suspicion of cattle smuggling in Rajasthan's Barmer district, police said on Monday.

The officials of the Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry Department had purchased 50 cows and calves from Jaisalmer and were transporting them in five trucks with NOoC and all required papers and permission from authorities when the cow vigilantes attacked them, PTI reported on Monday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Four persons have been arrested and action against seven policemen, including a police inspector, has been taken for allegedly not taking the matter seriously and reaching the spot late on Sunday night, a senior police official said.

The officials of the animal husbandry department of the Tamil Nadu government had purchased 50 cows and calves from Jaisalmer and were transporting them in five trucks with no-objection certificates (NOC) and all required papers and permission from authorities and police when the cow vigilantes attacked them.

"The accused tried to beat the officials.They also tried to set a truck on fire but police reached the spot and prevented them. The officials, drives and cleaners were rescued and taken to a local police station. Meanwhile, several people gathered there and blocked National Highway 15," SP, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla told PTI.

The officials had purchased the cows of a good quality breed from different places in Jaisalmer. They had the NOC and permission from the SDM and the local police station to transport the cows.

"The accused pelted stones at trucks and damaged one truck. The cows were rescued and taken to a local cow shelter for the time being," he said.

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

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Jun 13, 2017 09:10 am | Updated Date: Jun 13, 2017 09:14 am


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