Five persons were arrested for carrying 70 quintals of cow meat at Rajakarampur near Pahara village in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday.
During a routine police check, the team was tipped off on Monday of a vehicle carrying cow meat. When police tried to stop the vehicle its occupants fired at them forcing retaliation.
Two country-made pistols, cartridges were seized.
The accused were identified as Kaleem, Sonu, Durgesh, Vijaysingh and Radheshyam who confessed that they were transporting cow meat from Bhargain to Delhi for sale.
A case was registered and vehicle seized.