A truck carrying animal waste to a factory that makes dog food was set on fire in Haryana’s Palwal district by a mob Saturday night, said police. Sources said the incident took place after a rumour spread in the area that the truck was carrying ‘cow skin’. Police declined to comment on the matter until completion of investigations. According to police, the incident took place between 8 pm and 8.30 pm near Mandkola village, around 50 km from Gurgaon.
“A mob of about 300 or 400 people from the village set the truck on fire. The driver and the helper of the vehicle are safe, and there have been no injuries. Police are on the spot and the fire has been extinguished,” said Mamta Singh, Inspector General of Police (IGP), South Range.
According to Singh, the truck was carrying animal waste, including bones and innards, to the factory that makes dog food in Hapur (Uttar Pradesh), but “rumours” led to violence. “Palwal is sensitive in such matters. There have been instances of trucks being stopped on the basis of rumours that they were carrying cow skin, but police always arrived on the spot and managed to control the situation… today there was no reaction time,” said Singh. “There are rumours about the reason for the vehicle being set on fire. I cannot confirm anything until investigation has been conducted.”