Police gun down al­leged cow smug­gler

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

The police on Thurs­day claimed to have gunned down an al­leged cow smug­gler in an en­counter on the out­skirts of Al­war city, when a group of men was spot­ted round­ing up stray cat­tle and trans­port­ing them in a van. Five to six ac­com­plices of the de­ceased fled in the dark­ness dur­ing the ex­change of fire.

The in­ci­dent took place on Thurs­day morn­ing. Al­war Su­per­in­ten­dent of Police Rahul Prakash said the cow smug­glers opened fire and drove through two bar­ri­cades put up by the police. They were chal­lenged at the third check­point, where the ex­change of fire took place.

A coun­try-made gun and car­tridges, apart from five cows, one of which had died, were found in the ve­hi­cle. The cat­tle was sent to a lo­cal cow shel­ter.

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