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Youth Lynched In Himachal Pradesh Over Alleged Cow Smuggling

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NAHAN, Himachal Pradesh -- An alleged cow smuggler was lynched by a mob while his four accomplices were apprehended by police with the help of local people after nearly four hours of chase in the forests in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh today.

DSP Pachhad, Yogesh Rolta, said that five cow smugglers, who were attacked and injured by local people, were arrested and admitted to hospital. A truck carrying five cows and ten oxen, was spotted by local people who chased the vehicle. Sensing trouble, the truck driver allegedly tried to smash one of the vehicles by hitting it from the rear, Rolta said.

But when the police and people kept up the chase, the truck driver stopped the vehicle at Lawasa Chowki square and allegedly threw some cows out of truck, he said. One cow died on the spot while four others received grievous injuries.

Abandoning the truck, the five alleged cow smugglers took shelter in a nearby forest at Lawasa Chowki adjacent to Sarahan-Chandigarh road, said the DSP.

The police, with the help of local villagers, arrested all the five cow smugglers, after several hours of chase in the forest.

The villagers, who far outnumbered the policemen, beat up the alleged cow smugglers after they were overpowered, police sources said.

One of the arrested persons identified as Noman (28), a resident of Rampur village of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, succumed to his injuries in Sarahan hospital where he was taken. A case of murder under section 302 of IPC was registered on the complaint filed by one Imran, a relative of the deceased, by Pachhad police.

The body of Noman has been sent for postmortem. Rolta said that other four accused of cow smuggling, Mohd Nishu (37), driver of the truck, Guljar (22), Salman (20)and Gulfam (24), all residents of village Rampur of Saharanpur district, would be produced in a local court.

All the accused have been booked under different sections of Cruelty against Animals Act.

The truck, carrying the oxen and cows, was impounded by police.

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