Cattle smugglers opened fire on a police checkpoint in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district on Tuesday night, news agency ANI has reported. The 3 smugglers managed to escape, but 4 cows were rescued by the police.
Bharatpur: Clash broke out between police and 3 cattle smugglers after the smugglers opened fired at police personnel who were trying to capture them at a checkpoint last night. Accused fled the spot. 4 cows rescued. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/8VSbiI5B8k
— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
Bharatpur is adjacent to Haryana’s notorious Nuh district (earlier known as Mewat district) which is the hub of the cattle smuggling trade in North Western Bharat. Both districts form part of the historical Mewat region.
Nuh district has ~ 80% Muslim population, and incidents of well-armed cattle smugglers from this region clashing with police and villagers are very common.
About a month back, cattle smugglers had stolen cattle after firing at villagers near a Hindu pilgrimage spot and one other location in Bharatpur.
However, the only time cattle smuggling makes it to English-language news is when a cow smuggler dies in a clash with police or villagers. The case of cow smuggler Umar Khan, resident of Pahari village in Bharatpur, was widely covered by MSM after he died in a clash with villagers in Alwar. Umar Khan was presented as a ‘cattle trader’ or ‘dairy farmer’, with the vicious left-liberal propaganda outlet The Wire even claiming that he was transporting ‘pet cows’.
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