Kathua tense as mob torches truck alleging cow smuggling

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

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 official told PTI.

According to police, the driver 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 Jammu-Pathnakot highway near Dayalachak, after which the cops fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse them, an official said, adding two persons suffered minor injuries in the violence.

“The situation in the area is tense but under control,” the official 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.

Kathua is about 80 km from Jammu.(with inputs from PTI)

 

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