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Cow vigilantes, toll plaza staff beat two in Kota

The cattle owner Praveen Tiwari (30) and his driver, Ahmad Ali (40), were allegedly beaten up on July 17 while they were returning to Devas in Madhya Pradesh where Praveen runs a dairy farm.

jaipur Updated: Jul 19, 2018 22:41 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times, Kota
Rajasthan news
Police are probing to confirm the victim’s claim that he was transporting the cattle for his shelter and not smuggling.(HT PHOTO)

A day after the Supreme Court urged the Parliament to enact a fresh law to rein in lynching incidents across the country, toll plaza staff and cow vigilantes in Kota manhandled and robbed two persons ferrying milch cows and calves from Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh over suspicion of cow smuggling.

The cattle owner Praveen Tiwari (30) and his driver, Ahmad Ali (40), were allegedly beaten up on July 17 while they were returning to Devas in Madhya Pradesh where Praveen runs a dairy farm.

Circle inspector, RK Puram police station, Kota, Rajendra Meena said that Praveen had bought seven cows and six calves from Chomu in Jaipur district on July 17 from cattle breeders. They were taking them to Devas in a truck when half-a-dozen toll plaza staff at the cable-stayed bridge in Kota and around three dozen cow vigilantes manhandled them.

He said that information about the incident was given to the police station by Kota City SP Anshuman Bhomiya. A team then rushed to the spot where they found Praveen and Ahmad crying.

Ahmad Ali said that while they were moving ahead after paying the toll tax at the toll, cow vigilantes stopped them and then attacked them. “They asked me my name and asked me to get down from the truck and started beating us,” Ali said. “They robbed Rs 7000 from me. They also took mobile phones from us.”

“I told them that I am a Brahmin and transporting milch cows, which are usually not smuggled for culling, but the mob did not listen to us and continued to beat us,” Praveen Tiwari said.

Police have arrested five toll plaza employees — Yogesh Kumar (20), Arjun Davar (20) , Naresh Kumar alias Nikku (20), Arjun Patona (20) and Ajay Hari (19) on Wednesday. Police have lodged a case against the 14 accused under section 143, 323, 341 and 384 of IPC. The nine cow vigilantes have not been identified yet.

Meena said that police are probing to confirm Praveen’s claim that he was transporting the cattle for his shelter and not smuggling. “There was no animal cruelty either since the transporters had laid sand in the truck on which the cattle were standing,” he said.

Meena said that since the cows were bought from cattle breeders directly there was no receipt.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 22:41 IST