Eight cows being taken for slaughter were saved when the police intercepted a truck in which the cattle were loaded.
Of the six men in a luxury jeep escorting the truck, the police were able to catch two. Suspects Harish Kumar and Azaad Ali of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh are charged with smuggling cows.
The animals were brought from Sirsa district of Haryana via Mansa and were being taken out of Punjab for slaughter when the police received a secret input about it. The officers sealed all the link roads and caught the truck they were looking for.
In June last year, public rage had broken out at Joga village of this district when 23 cows were found slaughtered near a bone-crushing factory. The villagers then burnt the unit and demolished the houses of two factory owners.
In July last year, the police seized 88 bulls from Bhenibagha village of the district, after which, people burnt down four motorcycles at the animal market of Thoothianwali village.
The rescued animals are in a bad shape. "We recovered eight cows from the truck we intercepted on the Mansa link road," said senior superintendent of police Narinder Bhargav. "The cows were being taken for slaughter. Station house officer (sadar) Boota Singh led the rescue operation."
The arrested men are charged under the Cowslaughter Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and Section 295 (intent to insult the religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."