Rajasthan: Chaddis thrash innocent Tamilians

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Rajasthan: Chaddis thrash innocent Tamilians

Post by Rashmun on Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:29 am

JAISELMER: Four persons were injured late Sunday night in Barmer city when self-styled gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) attacked a group of Tamil Nadu animal husbandry department officials and truck drivers, who were transporting cattle from Jaisalmer to Sivaganga in the southern state as part of a breed improvementprogramme.

Police rescued the group from a mob of about 200 gau rakshaks, who suspected that the cows were being smuggled out for slaughter.

The attack comes just two months after Pehlu Khan was killed by a mob of gau rakshaks near Behror in Rajasthan's Alwar district while he was transporting cows for his dairy farm in Mewat, Haryana.

The attack began at 11.30 pm just 300 metres away from a police station in Barmer. The group of 20, which included six officials of TN animal husbandry department, was transporting 50 cows and 30 calves in five trucks. The group was attacked despite 'On Govt Duty' written on the trucks, sources said. Police have registered a case against more than 50 people and arrested seven of them.

Police officers said the TN officials had taken no objection certificates from the Rajasthan authorities, including the Jaisalmer district collector, the concerned SDM and the deputy director of animal husbandry department, for transporting the cattle.

Barmer SP Gagandeep Singla confirmed that the attack took place when the vehicles were passing through Barmer city. "Since the police station was 300 meters away from the spot, a team led by senior officers rushed to the spot and rescued the TN officials and drivers. One person sustained grave injuries," he told TOI. All the injured are truck drivers and their assistants.

"We have registered a case against more than 50 persons under various sections of the IPC and National Highways Act. Tamil Nadu officials had proper permission and documents to transport these cows to their state," said Singla, adding that 15 suspects have been identified in the FIR.

The cattle has been kept at a nearby gaushala.

Senior police officers said the TN group, headed by deputy director, animal husbandry department, Chenninath, had come to Jaisalmer to purchase the cows from Lathi, Dholia and Chandhan areas under the National Gokul Mission and National Programme for Farm Bovine Breeding.



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