September 2016 News

Trucker Caught Smuggling Two Dozen Bovines To Kashmir, Mob Sets Vehicle On Fire

8 September 2016
The Indian Express

Jammu: Vehicular taffic on the Rajouri-Poonch road remained disrupted for nearly four hours on Thursday morning after an irate mob set ablaze a truck after rescuing nearly two dozen bovine animals at Narian. The truck was on way from Jammu to Kashmir Valley via Mughal road, sources said, adding that the truck driver drove nearly 120 kms on hilly terrain from Jammu during night. However, when it reached Narian during wee hours of morning, it met with an accident with its front and rear wheels on one side getting stuck into a drain on the roadside. Around 7 am, when some morning walkers saw the truck driver trying in vein to get the vehicle out of the drain, they went to help him. However, on reaching nearer, they noticed nearly two dozen bovine animals including cows loaded in it. As the news spread, people started gathering there. Sensing trouble, the occupants of the truck including its driver and the cleaner fled. Angry protestors rescued the cattle and set the vehicle ablaze. Raising slogans, they later blocked the road demanding action against cops deployed on nearly a dozen nakas between Jammu and Narian from where the truck might have passed on way to Kashmir. The blockade continued for nearly four hours until Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shabir Ahmed Bhat and Superintendent of Police Rajeshwar Singh reached the spot and assured them stern action in the matter. This is second such incident in Rajouri district where local people torched the vehicle carrying bovine animals as they had earlier set ablaze two Tavera vehicles near Kalakote in December last year. Six people, including four cattle smugglers, have been arrested by police and half a dozen cattle rescued. Both the vehicles were on way to Budgam via Mughal road. Off late, Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch road has been emerging as favorite route among cattle smugglers for transporting bovine animals to Kashmir Valley via Mughal road. Earlier in April this year, the state police had rescued an over 200 bovines and arrested nearly half a dozen smugglers including Special Police Officer in border Rajouri and Poonch districts. Apart from load carriers, the smugglers on this road had been even found using small commuter vehicles like TATA Sumo and tempo traveler to transport cattle to the Valley. For this, their modus operandi is simple as they make the cattle unconscious by administering some intoxicant and then make space for them by removing the seats, a police official added.