Traffic came to a standstill for almost five hours on the Yamuna Expressway on Friday morning after villagers intercepted a truck carrying cattle which they suspected were meant for slaughter.
Villagers also clashed with police and damaged vehicles. The police managed to stop the crowd from torching the truck that was carrying the cattle.
According to police,the incident took place early Friday. The truck carrying nearly 35 cows had to stop on the expressway because of a flat tyre.
The truck was on its way to Delhi. Near the 5-km point of the expressway in Greater Noida,one of its tyres got punctured. The driver abandoned the truck and fled, a police officer said.
Around 7 am,the expressway patrol noticed the truck and notified police. Around the same time,the villagers also spotted the truck. Before police could reach the spot,agitated villagers gathered there.
The villagers unloaded the animals and tried to set the truck on fire. They also blocked the expressway,resulting in a massive traffic jam, the officer said. The truck had more than 30 cows,four of which died. The rescued cows have been sent to a shelter in Noida, he added.
SSP (Gautam Budh Nagar) Preetinder Singh said,We managed to control the situation and pacify the crowd. We are investigating on three fronts where was the truck coming from,where was it headed and who did the truck belong to, he said.
He said the investigation was focusing on records of phone calls made in the area. He said police were trying to trace the registration of the truck. There is no communal tension in the area, he said.
Last month,there was violence in Dharuhera,Haryana,after people intercepted trucks with cattle,which they thought were for slaughter.
Clashes after accident in Ghaziabad village
A minor accident acquired communal overtones in Khoda village,Ghaziabad on Friday,leaving three persons injured. Police arrested three people and filed an FIR under sections pertaining to inciting a riot and attempt to murder against seven people.
According to police,the clash took place after a car grazed a bike. An argument ensued between the driver of the car Vikas Mishra and the biker Salman. The situation turned violent after friends of both Salman and Vikas gathered at the spot and the two groups got into a scuffle. Police said both the groups began hurling stones at each other. Superintendent of Police S S Yadav said,A company of Rapid Action Force has been deployed in the area for law and order. We have engaged community leaders to maintain peace and calm.