Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the states to act against self-styled “gau rakshak” groups, the Rajpura police arrested a cow vigilante for stopping a vehicle loaded with cows allegedly to extort money on Monday night.
The accused, Rajesh Kumar, of Karnal district in Haryana, has been booked under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 382 (having made preparation for causing death), 384 (extortion) and 511 (attempt to commit offence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Rajpura Sadar police station.
He was produced before the local court on Tuesday from where he was sent to judicial custody.
The accused was arrested from Sarai Banjara village on GT Road near Rajpura when he allegedly parked his blue beacon-fitted Mahindra XUV (HR-05-AQ 6469) in front of the complainant’s vehicle.
In his complaint to the police, Kanwal Kishore of Ambala said he was transporting two cows purchased from the Khanna market in a hired Tata Ace vehicle when he was stopped by Kumar. “Alleging that we had stolen the cows, Kumar said he would take the cattle to a gaushala (cowshed). He also threatened to kill us and asked us to pay Rs 25,000 as authorisation of transporting cows from the area,” said Kishore.
“He also alleged that we were Muslims and were transporting cows for slaughter, but we are Hindus and had purchased the cattle for dairy farming,” said Kishore.
The complainant said besides trying to seize cows, Kumar also forced him to pay more money to the driver of the hired vehicle.
Station house officer Ranbir Singh said: “The accused threatened the complainant and tried to take away his cows. He also tried to extort money from him.”
The police said the accused, who had come to Rajpura to meet his relatives, admitted that he extorts money from those transporting cows in Haryana. The accused said he had no allegiance to any cow protection group.