The Nahan police have launched a manhunt for persons involved in the killing of Noman, a Saharanpur youth, who along with four others, was allegedly involved in cattle smuggling.
The police said they have zeroed in on five-six persons who were allegedly involved in the incident that resulted in the death of the youth.
SP Soumya Sambasivan said, “On the basis of photographs, police teams have been asked to trace half-a-dozen youth.”
She said the situation in Nahan was under control and “peaceful.” “Two FIRs have been registered. One relating to cattle smuggling — banned under the state’s legislation relating to prohibition of cow slaughter and Indian Penal Code, besides Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the other relating to murder. There is no political pressure on the police,” she said.
Meanwhile, All HP Muslim Welfare Society president Naseen Mohammad Dhidan condemned the killing .
“It is an inhuman and illegal act. The guilty must be arrested after a thorough probe,” he said. Dhidan also expressed concern that some forces were trying to “communalise the situation in the country and spread hatred among different communities.”
Tikender Panwar, Shimla Deputy Mayor and member secretariat of the CPM, alleged that a few “right wing organisations had indulged in a highly provocative act against persons of a particular community by attacking them and a truck loaded with cattle.”
BJP MLA Baldev Tomar has accused the police of targeting only those who had informed the police about smuggling of cattle to Saharanpur.
“It’s known that such an act was banned in Himachal Pradesh. The police have done nothing to stop activities of cattle smugglers. Innocent people are being targeted,” he said.