A resident of Uttar Pradesh found smuggling cattle was allegedly beaten to death by a mob at Sarahan near Nahan on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Police said they received information that a truck carrying smuggled cows was present in Sarahan, about 37 km from Nahan. When the police reached there, one of the truck’s occupants, Noman of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was found grievously injured.
The cops rushed him to Sarahan civil hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.
The police arrested four other occupants of the truck and booked them under Section 8 of the Himachal Pradesh Cow Slaughter Act and Section 11 of the Animal Cruelty Act after recovering 10 cattle from the truck.
Later, Imran Asgar, a relative of the deceased, alleged that Noman was beaten up by some Bajrang Dal activists, after they spotted their truck, leading to his death.
Acting on his complaint, the police registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Superintendent of police (SP) Soumya Sambasivan said the role of Bajrang Dal activists was being investigated, adding that she was camping at Sarahan for further action in the case.