Jammu: Locals block highway to protest ‘cow smuggling’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2015 15:53 IST

Scores of locals blocked the Jammu-Poonch national highway at Narian, around 120 kms from Jammu, after they spotted a vehicle carrying ‘unconscious’ cows.

According to reports, some locals noticed a vehicle with five unconscious cows, probably injected with sedatives, parked along the national highway.

The locals then called other people. As the people started gathering, the driver and his assistant fled the spot.

The police said that the situation is under control.

“The highway will be opened soon. We had pacified the protestors and assured of strict action against the accused, though no arrest has been made till now,” said Rajouri senior superintendent police (SSP) Rajeshwar Singh.

Cows are mainly smuggled to the Valley through the Mughal Road. The smuggling of the cows is a sensitive issue and had sharpened after the state high court ordered a ban on cow meat as per the provisions of the law.

A Kashmir-based trucker had died after being attacked by a petrol bomb by protestors against alleged slaughtering of cow in the Udhampur district last month.

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