Four suspected cattle smugglers from Uttar Pradesh were thrashed by an irate mob led by some cow vigilantes in Siwan district of Bihar on Saturday evening. Two of the four have been referred to the Patna Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.
The attack took place around 7pm when a truck carrying over 30 farm animals, including cows and oxen, was on its way to Kishanganj from UP’s Kaushambi. A group of residents intercepted the truck near Mairwa Dham in Siwan and thrashed the driver Mohammed Aslam and three other occupants, identified as Mohammad Sarwar, Moinul Haq and Vaiyalay.
The attackers were so aggressive that they didn’t spare even the cops who had come to the rescue. SI Pramod Kumar suffered minor injuries in the clash. Mairwa SHO Vinod Kumar Singh said Sarwar and Aslam had been referred to the PMCH as their condition was critical.
The four alleged cattle smugglers were being escorted by some people travelling in a SUV from Kaushambi. They, however, fled the spot. “A case has been registered against the four under relevant sections of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960,” the SHO said. Another FIR was also lodged in connection with the attack on the police team by the mob. “The truck has been seized,” the SHO said, adding that a few cows were set free by the locals. The cow vigilantes are currently on the run.