As many as 36 dead cows and oxen were recovered amid gunshots by volunteers of the Gau Raksha Samiti at Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district, on Tuesday midnight. They were being smuggled to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh in a truck.
As per information, members of the samiti got a tip-off that a number of cows and oxen had allegedly been given a chemical at Dharampura village and were being transported to outside the state.
The volunteers intercepted a truck near Bhawalwasi village and when they tried to stop the other, its occupants fired gunshots at the volunteers and managed to flee from the site.
During search of the intercepted truck, they found as many as 28 dead cows and oxen besides 8 unconscious. Two persons were nabbed from the truck and four of their accomplices succeeded to flee.
Later on, the police were informed and a postmortem of the deceased animals was conducted by a veterinary doctor and all were buried at a lonely place.
A case under sections 295-A, 429 of the IPC, sections 8 of the 1955 Cow Slaughter Act, 11-12 of the Animal Atrocity Act and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused. The arrested have been identified as Sartaj of Muzaffarnagar and Anif of Shamli.
In the meantime, representatives of the Gau Raksha Samiti alleged that despite timely information to the local police, no immediate action was initiated by them, otherwise the other could also have been intercepted.