Mob in Barmer assaults Tamil Nadu officials transporting cattle, tries to torch truck

At least 50 persons have been booked by police for the attack that took place on Sunday night on NH 15 in Barmer district.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published:June 13, 2017 4:12 am
rajasthan gau rakshak, rajasthan cow vigilantes, cow vigilante attack, tamil nadu, tamil nadu gau rakshak, gau rakshak attack, barmer cow attack, cow transporting attack, indian express news, india news The animals, belonging to Rajasthan’s famed Tharparkar breed, were purchased by the Tamil Nadu government for breeding under the National Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), they said. (Representational image)

A MOB led by self-styled cow vigilantes in Rajasthan assaulted officials from the Tamil Nadu government who were part of a five-truck convoy transporting 50 cows and 30 calves purchased by the state’s animal husbandry department from Jaisalmer, police said.

At least 50 persons have been booked by police for the attack that took place on Sunday night on NH 15 in Barmer district. Barmer SP Gagandeep Singla said that seven policemen, including a Station House Officer, were also transferred for “not acting in time”.

Singla described the attackers as “drunk anti-social elements”, four of whom were arrested on Monday. The mob blocked the highway, damaged the trucks, and assaulted the driver, helper and a veterinarian accompanying the convoy, said police. The mob also tried to set one truck on fire but was prevented by police.

The animals, belonging to Rajasthan’s famed Tharparkar breed, were purchased by the Tamil Nadu government for breeding under the National Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), they said.

The officials accompanying the convoy had all the relevant documents needed for the transaction, they said.

The attack comes two months after a 55-year-old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan succumbed to injuries after he was attacked by a mob near Alwar for transporting cows that he had legally purchased.

On Sunday, police said, officers who reached the spot tried to convince the crowd of over 200 persons that the cows were legally purchased for breeding, but to no avail. “The Tamil Nadu officials are in Jaisalmer. The cows have temporarily been put up in a local gaushala. We are making alternative arrangements for their transportation,” Singla told The Indian Express.

“The accused are not from any particular group or organisation. They were drunk anti-social elements. We have booked 50 people under sections 332 and 353 (voluntary hurting a public servant on duty) and relevant sections of the National Highways Act,” he said.

“Some policemen who did not react in time despite calls from the Tamil Nadu officials have been shunted to the police lines. They include Jairam, the SHO of Sadar Police Station, Sub Inspector Dhruv Prasad and Assistant Sub Inspector Majid,” said Singla.

Western Rajasthan’s Tharparkar cows are popular for their adaptability to arid regions and ability to provide more milk with a higher fat content. The Tamil Nadu government has been promoting the Tharparkar and other native breeds under its NADP initiative launched in 2012.

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    Raj
    Jun 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    Nice and well done. Tamilians will shout for Jallikaattu and claim it is their culture but have no respect for the culture of north Indiana as they try to steal cows for slaughter and beef parties in the middle of the night. Let them cut their Jallikattu bull and eat beef - why steal cows from North India for their beef biryani ?
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      john michael
      Jun 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm
      brainless s..... these northindian fools have just dung in their head.
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        Raj
        Jun 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm
        They why don't you just die in South India - why are you coming to steal North Indian cows ? F off to your madrass and jump on your jhallikattu cows or eat them . When in Rajassthan - follow Rajasthani culture - those who touch our cows will take their life in their hands.
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jun 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm
        May be these Gau Matas were on there way to the Sind/Rajasthan border. Cows are always going to Sind as there is big demand for beef.
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          Raj
          Jun 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm
          Just as there is heavy demand for Kashmiri girls in Army camps - where they are used just like animals- passed around and workeed hard.
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          mtv
          Jun 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm
          I doubt Modi - Shah - RSS enterprise will ever understand about other liberal ways of Living and Letting others Live. Anybody brought up on extremist ideologies during their childhood and youth rarely change during their lifetime. That is why members of organizations such as ISIS, RSS, Communists etc. live and die with their ideologies. They cannot escape as they are like drug addicts and behave like fascists.
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            Raj
            Jun 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm
            I doubt anybody gives 2 paisa about your "liberal ways" - you have follow that in your state. In North India if you touch our cows you will lose your head . That is our faith and that is our beliefs - you can take your "liberal living" and shove it somewhere where the sun doesn't shine. Don't mess with our beliefs - we'll go to any extent to protect our faith and our culture. And there is NOTHING - police , government or any liberal clowns can do about it. You take our cows - we'll take your life.
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              GT
              Jun 14, 2017 at 2:07 am
              You can noose it, tie it, sell it, forbid it to mate - still call it devotion.
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            vijay karthik
            Jun 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm
            North Indians are fools but now I get to know the Rajasthani's are worthless. u dog...we can beat to death lakhs of Rajasthani who are living like the street dog in Chennai... mind it or face consequences from the strongest Tamilians. uneducated fellow... Tamil Nadu is the second largest state in terms of GDP...
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              Raj
              Jun 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm
              Abey madrassi M C - try it and see. NOT A SINGLE MADRASI roach will be alive outside Tamil Nadu - we'll come to Tamil Nadu and wipe you out like the roaches you are. Rajasathanis are not like your Sinahala - we are Rajputs - we'll pull your ammas out of your anna's behind and feed you your children in biryani, We Rajasasthanis survived Akbar, babar and Genghis Khan for 1000s of years - your Madrasi lungi MCs are nothing. Come and steal our cows again and see what happens -
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                GT
                Jun 14, 2017 at 2:04 am
                FYI, Gengis Khan is not a Muslim and didn't attack India. Get your facts right b4 you go on an abusing spree.
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              Bhim
              Jun 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm
              All BJP workers are "drunk, anti-social elements". If they think India will bow down to their wishes they are sadly mistaken.
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                Antony
                Jun 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                Where are the RSS IT trolls with fake IDs? Abdul Jamal , Murthy,George Cruz, ,John Joseph , bharat.kris ,shiv etc ? All these sanghi stooges where happy when they killed Muslim dairy farmer? Now gau rakshak terrorist have turned on Hindus itself that also on govt officials who were transporting cows for central govts breeding programme. This is only the beginning and bjp will realise soon that they have let loose a big monster out in the street which is hard to control ! Porkistan created terrorists thinking that they will attack only India but the result we all saw with daily attack on porkis only! Modi who talk about terrorism closed his eyes on terrorism commited by his own men! It is still not too late ! He can reverse his terror policy now also and save India from chaos and destruction!
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                  mtv
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                  Very well said but I doubt Modo - Shah - RSS enterprise will understand what you have mentioned or will they change. Anybody brought up on extremist ideologies during their childhood and youth rarely change during their lifetime. That is why members of organizations such as ISIS, RSS, Communists etc. live and die with their ideologies. They cannot escape as they are like drug addicts.
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                  seshasayee
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                  The so-called Gau Rakshaks are interested only in creating trouble, beating up people. They have found a new label for themselves that will protect them. Why is it no "Gaurakshak' is ever penalized and punished by being put in solitary confinement for 6 years ? IN Tamilnadu, hundreds of cows died recently due to drought. Not a single one of these fellows went there to 'save' them. Why ? There is no benefit in that. Forget it, did a single fellow open his mouth to sympathise ? It is not only so-called Gau Rakshaks, but our own Rakshaks- namely the ministers who used to shoot off their mouths about cows being sacred did not open their mouths. All encouraged by the Powers that rule. And we all keep quiet.
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