7 cattle smugglers armed with sophisticated modern guns fired 60 rounds on a police team pursuing them on the Rajasthan-Haryana border. The incident occurred around 3 AM last Wednesday, as per a report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.
According to Sub-Inspector Ratanlal of Phoolbagh police station, local gau raksha (cow protection) volunteers informed the police that cattle smugglers were loading cows into a pick-up truck near UIT, Sector 3, Bhiwadi. When police reached the spot, the smugglers fled in their truck and police started chasing them.
A QRT (Quick Response Team) was also called in by the police team. During the chase which lasted a distance of 8-10 km from Bhiwadi to Rathiwas, Haryana, the smugglers fired almost 60 rounds on the police, while police responded with 18 rounds and managed to burst the tyre of the pick-up truck.
Usually, the cattle smugglers have country-made revolvers (katta) using which they cannot fire multiple rounds in quick succession. Hence the police team was completely taken aback to face such rapid fire from the smugglers. Police is currently tight-lipped on the question of how these cattle smugglers managed to lay their hands on such sophisticated weaponry – all 6 smugglers, except the driver, was involved in shooting at the police team.
The driver of the pick-up continued driving the truck despite tyres getting blown out, and after Rathiwas he took the truck on a dirt track in the jungle. When their pick-up got stuck, the smugglers managed to run away under the cover of darkness. No one was injured in the shootout.
Police has impounded the pick up and rescued 6 cattle who were taken to a gaushala (cow shed). The pick-up truck was found to be stolen. All 7 suspects are believed to be from Mewat.
We have created a google map to show readers the area where this incident took place.
Mewat is the epicentre of the cattle smuggling industry in North Bharat – with majority cases of cow smuggling in a 100 km radius centred at Mewat, which includes thefts in Delhi-NCR, West UP and North Rajasthan.
Incidentally Pehlu Khan, whose murder in Alwar was used by many left-liberals to launch the motivated #NotInMyName campaign, was also from Mewat. Khan was part of a 15-member group which was classified as cow smugglers by Rajasthan police as they were transporting cattle without valid documents and no transit permit. Pehlu Khan also had three prior cases of cow smuggling registered against him, revealed the Rajasthan Home Minister in the state assembly. Of course, all this was forgotten in the rush to project Pehlu Khan as a ‘dairy farmer’ and innocent victim of ‘gau rakshak terror.’
The incident in Bhiwadi again shows that the real terror in the towns and villages surrounding Mewat is the terror of organized, and increasingly well-armed, cattle smuggling gangs who fear no one, not even police. It also shows that the modus operandi of most gau rakshak groups is to act as neighborhood watchdogs and inform law enforcement instead of meting out vigilante justice.
Recently, a British NRI lady and her friend were shot at by smugglers when they tried to stop their truck, pained by the sight of cows stuffed inhumanly. This ScoopWhoop article lists recent cases where armed smugglers have killed/attacked cattle owners and police across Bharat.
Interested readers should listen to this interview with DIG Bharti Arora to understand the scale of the cattle smuggling racket which has cross-border and terror links, and is not just restricted to Mewat, but spread across the nation – it touches UP, Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, MP, AP, TN and many other states.
(We thank @divyasoti for sharing the Hindi news link with us)
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