Rajasthan: Police give in to ‘cow protection’ mob’s demand, transfer SHO

Inspector Kailash Chand, now Awaiting Posting Order (APO), said the police had created a makeshift route to make way for vehicles but traffic remained affected until 12.20 am Tuesday, when “they finally called off the strike”.

Written by Mohammad Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Updated: June 8, 2016 1:17 am

Days after a mob took law into their own hands and stripped one man and roughed up three people who were allegedly ferrying bullocks in a truck in Pratapgarh district of south Rajasthan, the district police gave in to their demands late Monday night and transferred the station house officer (SHO) who had arrested five of the ‘vigilantes’.

SHO Kailash Chand of Chhoti Sadri police station of the district was transferred past midnight after nearly 400 people, led by Gau Raksha (cow protection) Dal national president Kamal Didi, blocked National Highway 113 in Pratapgarh for nearly eight hours on Monday, demanding release of five of their men arrested and the SHO’s transfer.

Inspector Kailash Chand, now Awaiting Posting Order (APO), said the police had created a makeshift route to make way for vehicles but traffic remained affected until 12.20 am Tuesday, when “they finally called off the strike”.

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Stressing that the NH-113 stretch was blocked since 4.30 pm Monday, Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police (SP) Kalu Ram Rawat said Chand was transferred to carry on the talks since the protesters “didn’t get along” with him.

“As for the five (vigilantes) in jail, it is a matter for the courts, and we told them (Gau Raksha Dal) that we can’t do anything about it. There is a legal recourse, and they may take that route.” He added that the alleged smugglers are “already in jail”.

Monday’s impasse had its roots in an incident of May 31, when Dholapani police in the district intercepted a truck carrying 44 buffaloes and took four people in it — Azad, Jabir, Farooq and Shaukat — in for questioning. According to police, the four “confessed” that the buffaloes were being taken to Gujarat for slaughter and informed about another truck on its way.

Bajrang Dal members and the police set up a watch near Chhoti Sadri police station, to the north of Dholapani. Seeing a mob, the truck driver reportedly tried to speed off but the vehicle was eventually caught. According to the FIR, one person on the vehicle fled while three others were beaten up by the Bajrang Dal members, with at least one of the three stripped.

Led by SHO Kailash Chand, the police had to “rescue” the trio from the vigilantes.

“They (the mob) protested when we tried to take the three persons into custody,” the SHO said, adding that stones were thrown, and one policeman was injured as a result. “They also tried to set the truck on fire after the buffaloes were brought down.”

Subsequently, while FIRs were registered at both police stations against the alleged smugglers, another FIR was registered at Chhoti Sadri against nine people named and 100-150 anonymous people involved in roughing up Mukhtiyar, Nabinur and Ajju, who were on the second truck.

The five vigilantes were thereafter arrested and locked up. The Gau Raksha Dal was demanding their release, and seeking withdrawal of the FIR. Their other demands were removal of SHO Chand and strict action against “cattle smugglers.”

Earlier in the day, Gau Raksha Dal chief Kamal Didi had taken part in a sit-in protest at Chhoti Sadri police station, and a general strike had been called which saw the markets closed. Led by ADSP Ratan Singh, the police held talks with Kamal, but a stalemate meant Kamal led a protest on NH-113 in the evening.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jun 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    This is whats happening in India... No Law And Order in the Name of Cow and tHE PM is talking about a Progressive Indis
    1. B
      Jun 8, 2016 at 5:31 am
      Country is heading towards anarchy. Great going Modi ji, you will be the PM of 1.3 billions peoples' graveyard. Badhai ho badhai.
      1. B
        Jun 8, 2016 at 5:24 am
        This is what Modi ji calls good governance.
        1. V
          Jun 8, 2016 at 4:16 am
          since when buffaloes are treated as cows. Gourakhaka samiti I thought was concerned about the protection of cows but they seem to be protecting buffaloes now. lt;br/gt;I wish these samitis also take care of thousands of cows roaming on the streets of Indian cities eating plastic and waste materials from the garbage dumping grounds.
          1. T
            Jun 9, 2016 at 5:09 am
            Don't know what you talking about Bob. So much easier and safer to go to India now. No one asking for bribes and smooth-sailing to book trains and inter-city flights. Would allows my parents and kids to go alone to India now which would have been unthinkable 5 years ago. Also, if there are thugs who want to break the law and smuggle then the crowd is fully justified in acting as vigilante protection officers.
            1. P
              PS Azurite
              Jun 8, 2016 at 7:01 am
              When mob culture backfires in another form, we would be very late to realise how badly we cultivated these so called vigilantes taking law into their hands. If the basic system like law and order fails, there is no possibility of good governance. Sorry guys don't encourage such mob culture and instead strengthen the justice delivery system. So that people will develop faith on system and not on DADAGIRIS.
              1. R
                Jun 10, 2016 at 12:55 pm
                Glitter Money when did you change your name?
                1. R
                  Jun 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                  Police should not have cowed down to these Cow-lovers.
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