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Cow smugglers open fire at police in Kaman, 2 cops hurt

Two policemen were injured in an exchange of fire with cow smugglers at Kaman in Bharatpur district, police said on Monday

jaipur Updated: Jun 04, 2018 22:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
Rajasthan News
The cow smugglers in police custody.(HT Photo)

Two policemen were injured in an exchange of fire with cow smugglers at Kaman in Bharatpur district, police said on Monday. The police rescued 21 animals and arrested two smugglers on Sunday night.

The two injured were rushed to a community health centre in Kaman where doctors referred assistant sub-inspector Ram Ratan to district Raj Bahadur Memorial Hospital in a critical condition and Banay Singh is still undergoing treatment at the health centre. Station house officer of Kaman police Neki Ram Chaudhary was discharged after treatment.

After getting information about the smugglers, a police team, led by station house officer Neki Ram Chaudhary, set out to raid the smugglers.

The police set up a barricade at the Bhagat Singh intersection to catch a truck transporting bovines to a slaughterhouse in Haryana across the border.

SHO Neki Ram Chaudhary said that after receiving information, we set up the barricade to stop the trucks transporting the bovines. Cow smugglers, in one such truck, started firing at the police and two policemen were injured.

The smugglers in the truck managed to flee but two travelling in a car were arrested. The accused have been identified as Kada Mev, 37, from Kanbadi village and Shaukat Mev, 35, from Jamalgarh in Haryana.

The police also recovered two country-made weapons, 11 live cartridges from the possession of the accused. The police have arrested them under section Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation Temporary Migration or Export) Act 1995, Arms Act, 307, and Excise Act.

Kada Mev already has charges of loot and cow smuggling registered against him in Bharatpur Kaman, Jurahara, Pahari, Sikri, Deeg, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Alwar police stations. He has been absconding for a long time and the Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police had announced a reward for his capture.

The rescued cows were shifted to cow shelters while the truck and car’s number plates were found to be fake.

On May 18, police had rescued 42 stray bovines and detained a minor near Mungaska village when cow smugglers were trying to carry the bovines to Haryana.

The state government has set up six cow protection police outposts in the district to control cow smuggling.

Smuggling of cows for their meat is a big business in Mevat area of eastern Rajasthan.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 22:26 IST