A labourer was injured in alleged firing by cow smugglers when a group of ‘Gau Rakshaks’ tried to stop their vehicle on the Saharanpur road on the outskirts of the city.
Injured Rishi Pal, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was referred to PGI, Chandigarh.
In the melee, the pick-up van carrying five cows was overturned on the road side and the police later seized the vehicle. One of the cows died on the spot.
Investigation officer and Kalanaur police post in-charge Kushal Pal Singh said, “In the preliminary investigations, it was found that smugglers were carrying five cows hidden under onion sacks in the pick-up van bearing Punjab number. The ‘gau rakshaks’ started chasing the smugglers, who opened fire at them. A labourer was injured in the firing.”
He said cow smugglers managed to flee, but the police impounded their vehicle. The cows were sent to a gaushala, he added.
A case has been registered against unidentified cow smugglers.