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Five cow vigilantes held for assaulting cattle transporters in Assam

Though the vehicles possessed the documents required for carrying cattle, police found other irregularities in the circumstances surrounding their transportation. The truck and two tempos have been handed over to the transport department for ascertaining if they were overloaded.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 00:13 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Members of a cow vigilante group waylay trucks plying on a highway in Taranagar, Rajasthan.
Members of a cow vigilante group waylay trucks plying on a highway in Taranagar, Rajasthan. (AFP/ File photo)

Police have arrested five members of a radical Hindu group for allegedly assaulting the drivers of three cattle-laden vehicles despite possessing valid papers in Sonapur near Guwahati on Sunday.

The self-styled cow vigilantes, belonging to the Hindu Yuva Chhatra Parishad (HYCP), were arrested from villages located near Sonapur on Monday night. Police had initially denied the incident, stating that “nobody filed a complaint” in this regard.

Though the vehicles possessed the documents required for carrying cattle, police found other irregularities in the circumstances surrounding their transportation. The truck and two tempos have been handed over to the transport department for ascertaining if they were overloaded.

The arrested people were identified as HYCP members Biju Kathar, Lohit Chandra Das, Pradip Singh, Nripen Boro and Suraj Barua. “The five were charged under Section 307 (attempted murder), besides other provisions of the Indian Penal Code for injuring and taking money from drivers. They have been forwarded to the court,” Guwahati police commissioner Hiren Nath told HT.

The first case of alleged cow vigilantism in Assam was reported from Nagaon district on April 30. In that incident, a mob had lynched two Muslim men accused of cattle theft.

On April 6, three people – including a minor – were arrested in central Assam’s Jorhat town for “openly” carrying beef in a marketplace. The police said the trio admitted to buying beef for consumption.