In another incident of cow vigilatism, Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua is in a tense atmosphere after villagers torched the truck allegedly transporting smuggled bovines on Monday.

The Gau Rakshaks (cow vigilantes) intercepted a truck and set it ablaze alleging that cows and buffaloes were being illegally transported in the vehicle.

According to reports, at around at 10:50 am nearly 200 to 250 locals from village Pathwal in Hiranagar, Kathua stopped trucks carrying around 8 to 9 bovines.

Suspecting mob violence, the driver and the conductor abandoned the vehicle and fled.

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The truck was chased from Ghagwal area and it was trapped at village Pathwal, police further said.

The mob then set ablaze the vehicle near Ram Leela ground in the village. It is not yet clear whether the animals were being transported legally or not.

The agitated crowd attempted to block Jammu-Pathankot highway near Dayalachak. They also staged protest demanding action against culprits. The police used batons and fire teargas shells to disperse the crowd.

The protestors did not allow the fire fighters to extinguish the blaze while traffic remained disrupted on the highway.

“The situation in the area is tense but under control,” an official told a news agency.

Investigation is underway in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, in another incident, Amandeep Singh, a resident of Jammu, was arrested after police recovered 16 animals from his truck which was coming from Kathua side at Nonath on the highway.

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