Truck loaded with bovine animals set ablaze on Srinagar-Jammu highway

A truck loaded with bovine animals on way to Kashmir was set ablaze by a mob on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, reported the Press Trust of India.

The vehicle carrying the animals allegedly didn’t have permission for the same. It was stopped by a mob on the highway in Ramban district on Wednesday evening while the driver abandoned the truck and fled the scene, police said.

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The irate mob freed over two dozen cattle loaded in the truck and set the vehicle ablaze following which the traffic on the highway remained suspended for nearly two hours and was restored only after hectic efforts by senior civil and police officials.

Two cases have been registered against unidentified bovine smugglers and the mob, the police said adding no arrests have been made so far. While one FIR was lodged against the persons trying to smuggle the bovine animals, the other was registered against the mob for setting the truck on fire.

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Meanwhile, police intercepted a truck and rescued 13 bovine animals which were being transported illegally at Samba district town along Jammu-Lakhanpur highway. The driver escaped on seeing the police party and efforts are on to nab him, the official said adding a case was registered in this connection.

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