Mob Torches Truck Carrying Bovines on Highway

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JAMMU: A day after miscreants tried to lynch a Kashmiri truck driver and set his oil tanker ablaze near Nandini on Jammu-Srinagar Highway, a mob on Monday torched a truck carrying animals at Nagrota, police said. 

According to the reports, police laid a check post and intercepted a truck near Ban Toll Plaza in Nagrota area on Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

The truck driver tried to escape the police and in process hit and injured a policeman. Police chased the truck and rescued eight of the 10 bovine animals though two died of injuries.

As the police were shifting the animals to a safer place, some people gathered at the spot and set the truck on fire.

Police said a case of bovine smuggling has been registered against the truck driver and against a number of people for torching the truck.

Police on Sunday arrested three persons and booked them for attempt to murder in connection with an attack on Kashmir bound truck driver last evening.

According to police, a driver of a Kashmir bound oil tanker (JK01W-7638), Farooq Ahmad of Keegam Shopian was injured after a group of goons attacked him near Nandini on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Saturday night.

The group beat up the driver to pulp before they left the spot, leaving Farooq in injured condition on the highway. The timely intervention of police and paramilitary CRPF men saved the life of trucker.

Police identified the three arrested accused as Sanjeev Kumar, Sumit Kumar and Rajender Singh, all residents of Katra. “All were booked under section 307 RPC (Attempt to murder).”.

Hurriyat (M) Asks Govt. To Act

Condemning the assault on another Kashmiri trucker, Farooq Ahmad at Nadani on the Srinagar-Jammu highway by communal elements, Hurriyat (M) Monday said the government was “maintaining criminal silence over this communal frenzy”.

“The government was being irresponsible by maintaining silence over the repeated attacks on Kashmiri truckers and expressed concern over such attacks becoming a norm in Jammu region,” the Hurriyat (M) said in a statement. “With the government remaining silent over these attacks, the communal elements and fanatics were getting encouraged and the life of Kashmiris travelling outside was also under threat.”

Terming it as an unacceptable development, the spokesperson urged the ruling government to take immediate steps to stop this trend “as it was becoming a norm not an aberration”.

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