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Mob attacks Tamil Nadu officials transporting cattle in Rajasthan; 50 people booked
One more incident has added to the toll, wherein cow vigilantes assaulted officials carrying cattle in a truck.

According to a report by the Indian Express, a mob in Rajasthan's Barmer district, led by self-styled cow vigilantes, assaulted Tamil Nadu government officials, who were part of a convoy that was transporting 50 cows and 30 calves purchased by the state's animal husbandry department from Jaisalmer. The attack took place in the Barmer district and the police have booked about 50 people for the act. 

The Rajisthan police has however said that the truck transporting the cattle was being taken for a flagship cattle breeding programme of the BJP. The "Rashtriya Gokul Mission", which aims to preserve the indigenous cattle breeds, is conducted by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and this truck was under this scheme. But the self-styled cow vigilantes didn't allow the officials to talk or to explain even a bit. They roughed them up and tried to burn one of the trucks which had cows inside of it!

"We told the crowd, 'See the papers, we have all the permissions', but they refused to listen to even a single bit of our explanation. They started pushing us around and beat us," said Ghewar Ram, one of the truck drivers. The men, he alleged, were drunk. "Most of them smelled of alcohol," he said.

The District SP Gagandeep Singla also described the attackers as "drunk anti-social elements." After the incident four people were arrested on Monday.

In the aftermath of this event, the role of police, however, came under the scanner. With the mob blocking the highway after attacking the trucks, the police was supposed to use mild force to disperse them and they did so. However, Action has been taken against seven policemen for not moving fast enough when the matter was reported.

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